Lacking job skills, employment track records, and financial education, and often experiencing mental/behavioral and chronic health disabilities, many low-income, single-parent families find that homelessness is not the start of a struggle, but the continuation of one. The Dwelling Place provides fully furnished housing and support services to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Families live in one of 10 units, and a case manager works with them to develop a plan for reducing debt, increasing income, and achieving employment and housing. Partnerships bring job search support, credit counseling, holiday assistance, life skills classes, tutoring for kids and advocacy with their schools. Currently, 25 families are being served and the goal is to see them complete the program and move into permanent housing, taking with them apartment furnishings and the skills and confidence to build an independent future. Join them on the journey.
Prior to COVID-19, families could focus on educational growth, career searching, and professional development, but the pandemic has really challenged the faith in progress and sense of stability among families. Many have endured unemployment and experienced lives lost to COVID-19– and these have magnified issues around food security, financial security, and mental health. The goal now is to prevent regression for current families and hope to assist more families as the crisis unfolds.