HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION SERVICES PROGRAMS
Our Homeless Prevention Services Programs focus on helping families, married couples, heads of households and single females who are homeless. These individuals or families have been living in a shelter, have an eviction notice, or have been living on the streets and are unable to afford housing on their own. For information on any of the programs listed below, please consult Theresa Christensen, Program Director at (402) 898-6067.
HOME Program - This is a permanent supportive housing program serving persons that are homeless and have a documented disability; program participants live in an apartment in the community and pay 30% of their adjusted gross income tpward rent;the HOME program pays the balance of the rent and may assist in paying monthly utility fees; case management, information and referrals to community resources, individualized service planning, crisis support and intervention, budgeting and money management, credit and debt counseling, and 24-hour staff accessibility is also provided.
HOME 2 STAY Program - This program targets individuals who have a disability and families who are homeless whose head of household is disabled. The emphasis is serving those with a history of chronic homelessness.
37th STREET RESIDENTIAL READINESS PROGRAM - Provides short-term (24) weeks transitional housing and readiness classes for homeless individuals, married couples, and one to two parent families. They will receive furnished living accommodations, employment assistance, intensive case management, 6 months aftercare, meals, parenting classes, substance abuse and mental health screening, Readiness Life Skills Classes for 12 weeks and referrals for professional counseling.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING RESIDENTIAL UNITS - THRU is a 12-month transitional housing program that helps families and individuals reintregrate back into the community by providing housing, support services and assistance with obtaining affordable and safe permanent housing upon departure from the program.
SCATTERED SITE/HARRINGTON HOMES - This program provides an 18-month transitional housing program that helps families and individuals reintegrate back into the community by providing housing, support services and assistance with obtaining affordable and safe permanent housing upon departure of the program.
TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM - Provides temporary residential services (28 days) for mentally ill adults. Services include structured case management, referrals to community agencies, educational and therapeutic groups, social and recreational activities. A clean, safe environment allows for crisis management, medical observation and education, lodging, transportation. Tree meals a day are provided. Life skills education class and substance abuse screenings are part of the program.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH (CSMH) - This program provides assistance for people who are 19 years and older and have a severe and persistent mental illness and need supportive services. This program is a 6 month to 1 year service. Participants have 24-hour staff availability.
MENTAL HEALTH RESPITE (MHR) - This program offers support to men and women who need assistance transitioning back into the community afer a psychiatric crisis. Temporary residence is provided (28) days. Must be 19 years of age or older and under psychiatric care with a mental health diagnosis.
VA-CASS - The focus of the VA-CASS Program is to find ways to help veterans live as independently as possible in the community. Long-term support will include individual need assessment, meet three times a month, financial counseling, help develop skills, case management.
VA-PER DIEM Community Support Mental Health Program - The focus of the VA-CSMH Program is to find ways to help veterans live as independently as possible in the community.
VA-HOP (VA Housing Opportunities Program) This program assists homeless veterans and their families that are at a very high risk of homelessness. Community-based housing is provided for an average of 9-12 months. Care is given in the areas of employment assistance, intensive case management, 3 months aftercare, substance abuse and mental health screening, referrals to community resources, permanent housing upon successful completion of program.
EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT - This program serves individuals who are 19 years and older and have experienced a behavioral health crisis. Support is provided for 90 days. The treatment goal is to achieve stabilization, increased independence and community integration.
INTENSIVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT - This program offers assistance to people who are 19 years or older and have a severe and persistent mental illness and need daily supportive services. Support services will focus on successfully developing skills in order to maintain adequate housing, develop independent living skills. Daily support is extended to help those who are experiencing mental health difficulties to be able to live in the community and lead productive, satisifying lives. This program is a 6 month to 1 year supportive service program. The participant has accessibility to staff 24 hours daily.
POST CRISIS EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT - (PCECS) Provides community support services for up to 90 days for men, women and children who have recently experienced a behavioral health crisis that resulted in law enforcement intervention. This program assists participants with stabilization, increased independence and community integration.
ONE STORY OF HOW THE SALVATION ARMY TOUCHED A LIFE...
Loretta had been using drugs since she was 12. It was the only life she knew. And for many years, it was the only life her five children knew.
At a particularly low point, Loretta vowed to make a change. She was in jail for shoplifting, had lost her house and had lost custody of her children. But she hadn't lost hope. When Loretta was released, she enrolled in the 37th Street Program, which assists homeless individuals in learning the skills they need to become self-sufficient.
"It's like I'm finding myself," Loretta says. "It's just amazing." With a number of Salvation Army programs, therapy and a little help from up above, Loretta has been clean now for over 15 months. She's learned how to take care of herself and also learning how to take care of her children.
"I've mainly been working on getting closer with my kids and just being a good parent." Recently, all of Loretta's children were returned to her custody.
She is now attending Metro Tech, working towards an associates' degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and will soon be moving into a home of her very own. She continues to volunteer in The Salvation Army pantry .
"I am so very grateful for the Salvation Army and the many things they offered me. I feel I was sent there for a reason. I can't imagine where I would be without the help of such an organization as The Salvation Army." Loretta smiles and adds, "God bless!"