Since January, Community Housing has served 255 people, including 116 children and 6 individuals aged 62 or older. The program is on track to surpass total served numbers from 2019 (298 served, with 130 children and 8 individuals 62 or older).
What is Community Housing?
Community Housing is a program of The Kitchen, Inc. designed to help families and individuals quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. We use the Housing First model to place people in safe, affordable housing, and then address the barriers that led to their homelessness. Housing First recognizes the need for safety and shelter before other issues and struggles can be addressed.
Who We Serve
The Community Housing program encompasses four distinct programs supported by grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each case manager specializes in one of the programs to provide the best service to clients in that program.
- HUD Families is a rapid rehousing program that works with families with or without children for up to two years.
- HUD Youth is a rapid rehousing program that works with youth ages 17-25 for up to two years.
- HUD Chronic is a permanent supportive housing program that serves chronically homeless individuals.
- HUD Shelter Plus Care is a permanent supportive housing program that serves individuals with disabilities and their families.
What We Do
The goal of the program is to place people in permanent housing and provide individualized supports to help clients overcome barriers to maintaining their housing. These services can include:
- Case management
- Rental and move-in assistance
- Household goods, furniture, food, and clothing
- Transportation for job interviews and appointments
- Referrals to other community services like Burrell Behavioral Health and MSU Care
Case managers work with clients individually to identify barriers, set goals, and provide resources as needed.
How to Help
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