The Emergency Assistance/Homelessness Prevention Program is meant to provide critical short-term relief to our clients, allowing them the time they need to explore and access other resources, or find additional work. This support includes rent and utility assistance allowing individuals/families to stay in their homes (preventing homelessness) or other types of assistance (ex: motel vouchers, gas vouchers, bus tokens, laundry voucher, etc.)
The objectives of the program are 1) to offer short-term assistance to our clients that helps to meet basic, critical needs (such as temporary safe housing when needed or utilities assistance); and 2) to offer short-term interventions our clients need in order to avoid homelessness. Ultimately, we hope that the assistance provided by the program will help clients take one more step on the road toward self-sufficiency.
In the first ten months of this year, we’ve been able to help 164 families with rent, utility, transportation and other support services.