Rapid Rehousing

We're housing the homeless!

I noticed we haven't posted a progress update since June...shame on us!  Today I'm pleased to report that since June 1 we have housed 106 individuals and children that were either living outside or in an emergency shelter!

I've written before about the detrimental effects of homelessness especially with children so we couldn't be prouder that we have helped 59 children escape homelessness and move into their own safe home (and 47 adults).  That's why we do what we do!  Thank you for your support.

Progress Update

Wanted to write a quick update on our new Rapid Re-housing initiative and how it's been going so far.  I'm pleased to report that in the short time we've been doing this (21 days!) we have moved....drum roll please....7 adults and 11 children out of cars, emergency shelters, and the woods to their own apartments!!!!  Signing leases and having people hug you because they finally have a stable place to lay their head is so unbelievably fun and very rewarding. 

A big part of this project is continuing to provide case management and supports to these families in their homes so we have 2 staff members dedicated to making home visits to continue working with these clients to help them increase their income, make sure kiddos have what they need, and connect them with additional community resources.

A need:  Since most of these families are starting out with nothing we are seeingincreased need for household items:  dishes, plates, silverware, pots, pans, towels, hangers, beds, furniture, chairs...etc.  We give each of these families a 'household starter kit' of cleaning supplies but we don't have the other items to give. We are working on some local partnerships with area agencies so that will help but please keep us in mind next time you clean out your cabinets.  :)

Housed People Are Not Homeless

Our Rapid Re-Housing Program empowers individuals and families experiencing homelessness to move into housing quickly.  Assistance may include: rental deposits; short/medium term rental payments; utility deposits; and extensive case management services. Our Housing Case Managers work closely with clients to develop and implement a service plan to ensure they remain housed and can access other resources. Through this program, clients are stabilized in housing and assisted comprehensively to help ensure they do not face homelessness again.  For more information, please click here.