Community Homebase Prevention Program
Once a family is looking into emergency assistance, the Home Base Program will investigate their claim and determine eligibility for shelter placement. If the family is eligible for other housing options, they will not get placed into one of their shelters immediately, as they are not priority at the time. A key point to emphasize to families is that entering a shelter does not guarantee them a stable apartment. They must still do their part to continue searching for a permanent home, and stable income. Subsidy programs in the city are available and families can remain in shelters for a long period of time. Those who don’t qualify for subsidy must also pay their own rent.
According to an analysis study, “Home Base CP reduced the average number of nights in shelter per treatment group family by an estimated 22.6 nights. In addition, it reduced the percentage of families who spent at least one night in shelter from 14.5% to 8.0% and the percentage that applied for shelter from 18.2% to 9.3%.”. (Evaluation of Community Homebase Prevention Program, 2013) The effects of the outreach of this program have shown an improvement in overall length of stay at the shelters.
The National Coalition for the Homeless has been working for over three decades, to defend the right to shelter and develop strategies to put homelessness to an end. The coalition is readily available throughout the city with a walk-in basis, and provides case managers for those who are in the merge of homelessness.…