PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS BEFORE IT HAPPENS
The welfare of children is Always Home's most important consideration, and protecting housing is at the core of every child's well-being. To help families avoid the trauma of homelessness, Always Home focuses on a "Housing First" approach. Our goals are:
Problem-solve with families to find solutions to their housing crisis;
Reduce the number of families being evicted or spending time in the stressful state of emergency shelter or homelessness; and
Give families opportunities to build housing stability and resiliency.
SHELTER IS NEVER A DESTINATION
Case management is the primary tool our staff uses to secure housing and prevent homelessness or shelter stays. We work alongside families to develop housing stabilization plans and provide budget counseling, tenant/landlord negotiations, tenancy skills, and connection to other resources as needed. Families who need assistance to preserve existing housing situations or create new ones may receive one-time help with security deposits, first month's rents, current rents and/or past-due rents. By intervening early in a family's housing crisis, when they are behind on rent or need help with a car repair or childcare costs, we help families overcome their housing crisis and build better housing stability going forward.
Below are the various strategies we use to get ahead of evictions and the deepening threat of homelessness.