RESIDENTIAL AND HOMELESS SERVICES DIVISION
Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
Foundation’s continuum of services ranges from outreach to case management, to permanent housing support. We partner with individuals by helping them obtain appropriate and necessary treatment, rehabilitation, and stable housing. With support, they acquire independent living skills, obtain employment or benefits. We seek environments which allow each individual to use their strengths to make choices, feel success and satisfaction.
Residential, Housing, and Homeless Services
Foundation provides quality, affordable transitional housing to homeless individuals and families, each specially designed to meet the varying needs of the resident population. Anchored by case management, Foundation offers a range of services to residents – including life skills development, employment, and education services, health and wellness supports, housing placement services (for a successful transition to permanent housing), as well as educational activities for children and youth. Case managers assess immediate needs for livable income, food, transportation, childcare, etc. and ensure appropriate action toward meeting these needs. We connect residents with benefits and work with them to develop short-term goals and action steps with paths to long-term self-sufficiency.
Case Management Services
Foundation’s Case Mangers represent the heart of the organization’s supportive services. They develop trusting relationships with their clients and provide guidance, encouragement and resources that help families and individuals achieve stability and break the cycle of homelessness.
Education & Employment Supports
Foundation was founded with the inherent understanding that education is critical to moving Foundation’s residents toward self-sufficiency. Being employed does not guarantee that a family or individual can escape poverty after leaving a supportive housing program. In order to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, a livable wage and benefits are needed; education is a key component to opening doors to success. Low-wage jobs are often also “low-quality,” with little if any benefits, unreliable schedules, and little room for flexibility that allow parents to tend to the needs of their children.
For many Foundation residents, education is the key to not only moving back into the workforce but also improving their life skills and enhancing self-esteem. The goal of Foundation’s Education and Employment Readiness supports is to advance education and assist individual residents in obtaining employment at livable wages with benefits.
Health & Wellness Supports
While homelessness has many causes, substance addiction and/or long-term struggles with mental health issues are major obstacles to stability and self-sufficiency for many Foundation residents. Foundation’s clinicians understand the role that mental health plays in each resident’s struggles with poverty and homelessness. Residents may receive mental health services and attend outpatient and sponsorship programs via a range of providers. In addition, on-site workshops and seminars are organized by Case Managers to address the health and well-being of our residents and their children.
At Foundation, we know that affordable housing alone will not move individuals and families out of poverty. For that reason, Foundation provides housing in combination with supportive services designed to promote the self-sufficiency of our residents. Our supportive services model encourages residents to be actively involved in setting goals – initially, to achieve daily stability through life skill development and health and wellness support. Once stable, clients tackle individual goals in areas of education, employment, and securing permanent housing beyond Foundation.