INTERIM HOUSING - New
Sojourner House, opening August 2019, offers a "bridge to housing" in a community based setting of five apartments and one three-bedroom coach house in Oak Park. This 90-day program provides safe, stable living while participants are assisted with improved health, employment, family reunification and linkage to community based services until a permanent destination is identified.
PARTNERS: Oak Park Housing Authority, MacNeal Hospital/Loyola Medicine
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
A solution for housing the most vulnerable
Permanent supportive housing is an intervention that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of adults and families who have a long-term disability. Services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services. Affordable housing comes in the form of a rental subsidy and participants contribute 30% of their income. Permanent Supportive Housing is proven to be a cost-effective solution shown to lower public costs associated with the use of crisis services such as shelters, hospitals, jails and prisons.
PARTNERS - Cook County Health (CCH), Better Health Through Housing (BHH), Center for Housing and Health, Heartland Alliance, Thresholds, BEDS Plus, South Suburban PADS
A solution for quickly rehousing those who require short- to medium term assistance
Rapid Rehousing is an intervention for individuals and families who are homeless (HUD definiation) and can become quickly re-housed with limited rental assistance, case management and supports to help a household become and remain stabliy housed.
PARTNER - South Suburban PADS
There are three core components of our housing programs:
1. Housing Identification
The goal of housing identification is to find housing for people quickly.
- Housing Coordinators and Navigators routinely find and recruit landlords willing to rent to those served by the program;
- Match participants to appropriate housing. Housing that is decent, safe, and, in the case of RRH, will be affordable after assistance ends
- Critical aspect of this step is choice: the individual or household has a choice in their housing.
2. Rent and Move-In Assistance
The goal of rent and move-in assistance is to help with the costs associated with getting into housing.
- The amount and duration of this assistance varies, but at a minimum, it should be enough to help people secure a place to live.
- This assistance isn’t a standard “package” but flexible in order to meet unique needs. This is particularly important when financial circumstances or housing costs change.
- Furnishings and apartment set-up
3. Case Management
- employment readiness services and job placement
- life skills supports - budgeting, financial literacy, nutrition and cooking
- addressing physical and behavioral health goals through service connection with health and behavior health community based partners.
Minimum qualifications for all Supportive Housing programs:
- Proof of homelessness, as defined by HUD.
- Proof of all household income.
- Photo identification.
- Birth certificates for all household members
All housing programs received referrals through Entry Point, suburban Cook County’s Coordinated Entry system. To learn more go to www.myentrypoint.org.