Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Programs:
We are joined with Catholic Charities of Palm Beach County to mutually address the needs of the homeless and near homeless. Our emphasis is being placed on two areas described below.
First, we are going to continue our efforts at homeless prevention. We have provided limited assistance in this area for over sixty years, but we will now expand the reach to prevent more families from ending up on the street. While we provide emergency
assistance for utilities, the greatest need is rental assistance. It has been shown that the most effective way to combat homelessness is to prevent the family from becoming homeless. Frequently the family’s problems are short term caused often by the unexpected loss of a job or illness. In these situations, short term assistance for one or two months will give the family the opportunity to regain stability. The Case Manager will provide counseling and referrals to assist the family.
Second, we have begun a Rapid Rehousing Program. Our approach is to focus on moving homeless families into appropriate housing as quickly as possible by providing the type, amount and duration of housing assistance needed to stabilize the household. A homeless family will be provided rental assistance for the first and possibly second month.
Our Case Manager will be assigned to help them with finding an appropriate and permanent home. He will also assist in finding employment opportunities if the husband or spouse is not already employed. He will provide counseling to support the family until their employment and finances are stabilized and they obtain the resources necessary to avoid future crises.
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