Over the past two weeks, we have undertaken a major outreach to our community partners that provide homeless service support.
We created a hybrid housing education opportunity, where we are holding SMART Tenant and Financial Assistance workshops. Usually, these two workshops are held seperately.
The objective is to provide prospective tenants with educaion around housing search & selection, pre-move in inspections, entering into rental agreements or leases, communication with the landlord, maintaining the tenancy, reporting health code violation reporting, dealing with pest infestation, Fair Housing and eviction prevention.
The SMART Tenant workshop was developed as a direct result of ALOT of aggregated data gleaned from working with nearly 7,000 households annually. Each housing concern that is brought before us at the Community Teamwork Resource Center is unique. However, there are similar “tenancy pitfall” strands that run consistently throughout those households we work with on a daily basis. Housing Education is the BEST prevention practice to keep our community members housed.
Now, to update as to our homeless re-housing efforts……
You saw a couple of weeks back where our two individuals that lived in a tent at Beaver Brook were re-housed (they’re doing great, by the way).
Then we had the first of outreach sessions at Pathfinder and identified five individuals that required rental start-up and subsequently re-housed four individuals, in just the past seven days. Rental start-up ranged from $500 to $750. SMALL MONEY for a GREAT return.
For three of our individuals, representative payee services were needed. We are able to pull that service in for our homeless individuals. For many individuals with a poor tenancy record, the path attain a place to live is often smoother when a landlord has the knowledge that a representative payee must ensure that the rent and utilities will be paid on time each month.
Due to the generosity of a local families, we were able to provide those re-housing with household supplies/toiletries and those that are still homeless, living unsheltered, outside with First Aid Kits and of course funds to offset the funding mechanisms we have in place to re-house our homeless individuals
All of the resources that we have been able to bring to the front to re-house our unsheltered homeless individuals have been very intentional, well thought out and purposeful. We are truly grateful for your ongoing support of our efforts to re-house our homeless men and women.