History of Our Program
Since 1982, The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge has provided shelter to the homeless in Sheboygan County. As the need grew, so did the emergency lodge. It currently offers lodging for 35 residents of Sheboygan County. Services have expanded to include 24 hour accessibility, meals, educational programming and advocacy. Free medical and dental services are available to clients in need, along with prescription medications. More recently, short term care for children in our shelter can be provided at no cost. In 2003, The Salvation Army became the operator of the Sheboygan Housing Assistance Center, a one-stop housing shop to better assist those with housing issues in Sheboygan County. Services provided include financial assistance for rent and mortgage payments [when funds are available] along with landlord/ tenant mediation. Educational components such as classes on landlord-tenant relations and tenant rights are also offered to better serve those in need.
Similar to other urban areas around the country, some clients fall into a constant cycle of chronic homelessness. In 2007, our social service department started a pilot program based on the Housing First model, to help address this unmet need. Through case management services, home visits and referrals to various agencies, clients are guided to:
- stability in the community
- establishment of permanent housing.
It is our desire to move forward with the Transitional Living program as a natural outgrowth of our Emergency Lodge and Housing Assistance programs.
The Housing First model begins with securing permanent housing for the homeless. Once placed in housing, issues that led to homelessness are addressed. This is accomplished by collaborative goal-setting and strategic planning between participants and service providers.
Priority for services will be given to those who meet the following criteria:
- Single adult residents of Sheboygan County
- Income at or below 30% of Sheboygan County Median Income [$1133 monthly gross income]
- Individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- Documented or suspected mental health or AODA issues
Benefits may include:
- Help locating affordable and suitable housing
- Rental assistance for up to 12 months
- Case management including home visits and individual counseling
- Education and/or training
- Access to other community resources
- Transportation assistance in Sheboygan County
- Life skills development
How Do I Apply?
Through a referral – Other community agencies may give you a referral to the Transitional Living program. Bring that form to the Salvation Army and begin the application process.
Contact us directly – Call any time or come to The Salvation Army during office hours and begin the application process. Our office is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Our office is closed for most national holidays.
Screening Process – After the screening process is completed, clients will be notified of their potential eligibility. If approved, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. When an opening in the program occurs, the client will be contacted for an in-person interview. A full list of program guidelines and client expectations will be discussed at that time.
Those not eligible for this program will be referred to other agencies for further assistance. Any denial of service can be addressed through our grievance procedure.
Feel free to contact:
Housing Assistance/Case Worker