Transitional Housing for Homeless Families
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The residents of the Transitional Housing Program are homeless families who meet HUD's definition of homelessness and who wish to involve themselves in a temporary (up to 24 months) supported housing program. Families will be asked to make a commitment to working in the program prior to acceptance into the program. They will be required to establish goals based upon a thorough needs assessment completed within the first 30 days of admission to the program. They will be required to work toward accomplishing and reassessing those goals on a regular basis.
The objectives of the Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families are:
- To provide a safe, temporary housing environment for families.
- To assist families in obtaining the necessary community resources to build upon their strengths.
- To assist families in increasing their educational/skill levels in order to obtain and keep gainful employment.
- To connect families to a medical network so that their medical, mental, health, dental and nutritional needs are met.
- To assist families in becoming peer supports for other program residents and graduates.
- To collaborate with other community partners for the benefit of families in the program.
A homeless family is one who is living on the street, in an emergency shelter, or one who would be living on the street or in an emergency shelter without the assistance of a supported housing project. We recognize that each family is unique in its strengths and needs. We value the individuality of family members and families as a unit. This program exists to build upon family strengths and to include the family in all facets in the planning and the implementation of service strategies.
Participants will not be charged rent during the first 30 days of occupancy. This will ensure that the family's other immediate needs can be met with the income the family has at hand.
Residents' rent may not exceed the highest of:
- 30% of the family's monthly adjusted income;
- 10% of the family's monthly gross income;
- Section 8 rent calculation; or
- The portion of the family's welfare assistance, if any, that is designated for payment of rent.
Participants' income must be verified upon admission to the program.
The HUD Resident Rent Calculation Worksheet will be used to calculate participant's future rent.
Cathy Ahrens, Project Coordinator
Hillcrest Family Services
2005 Asbury Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
Toll free 877-437-6333