Families live on-site for four months in a fully furnished apartment. Upon entry into the program, adults take a self-sufficiency assessment. Each family is assigned a Family Coach who partners to help them achieve their short- and long-term goals. A Housing Specialist works with families to transition them to permanent housing. While living on-site, adults and children participate in supportive services aimed at building self-sufficiency.
Each family lives in an apartment at no cost and with utilities paid. Families are required to save 50 percent of their income to reduce the debt that prevents them from obtaining permanent housing and to save for rent and utility deposits for permanent housing.
In the 9-month Immediate Housing Program, families with fewer barriers to housing meet with our Intake Specialist upon their entrance to Community LINC. These families meet with the Housing Specialist to identify housing priorities, preferences and action steps to be self-sufficient. Families are then moved directly into permanent housing and provided nine months of Aftercare Services that deliver the same core competencies as our Interim Housing program.
Housing Services: Our Housing Specialist meets with families upon entry to create a targeted goal plan to remove barriers to achieve permanent housing.
Employment Services: Our Employment Services Center assists participants with job searches, completing applications, developing a resume, and mock interviews.
Budgeting Classes: One-on-one sessions with volunteer budget counselors teach adults financial management. Housing and utilities at Community LINC are free,
however residents are required to save 50 percent of their income to pay down debt and save for permanent housing.
Coaching: Each family works with a Family Coach to identify and work toward short- and long-term goals. Coaches help families work through challenges, identify barriers, celebrate successes, and develop skills to maintaining self-sufficiency.
Life Skills and Healthy Lifestyles Classes: Topics cover the vast array of challenges faced in day-to-day living, such as parenting, time management, conflict resolution, housekeeping, job retention, and healthy eating.
Adult and Children Mental Wellness Counseling: Masters-level trained therapists help residents break through the barriers to self-sufficiency, many of which arise from profound trauma. Therapists use trauma-centered care to provide counseling for adults and children.
Children’s Programs: Programs focus on life and resilience skills, and academic support and tutoring for the hundreds of children we serve each year.
In-home Aftercare Services last nine months and begin with weekly meetings with Case Managers. Lack of support during this crucial period often results in recurrent homelessness. Community LINC employs the Critical-Time Intervention case management model, which involves focused, time-limited assistance during the family’s critical transition to community living. Aftercare Case Managers link families with community resources and provide ongoing advocacy.
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