In 2016, ACCESS Housing provided short-term shelter, homeless prevention, permanent housing supportive services and other family advocacy services to families with children. The following is a summary of the services that were provided through the agency’s core programs.
Family Shelter Program
The program provides short-term shelter for up to 60 days for families with children in on-site private apartment units. Program services also include case management, food, clothing, personal hygiene products and household furnishings. Adult family members receive adult education and weekly life skills training. Families also receive crisis intervention support; resource information and linkages to community partners through referrals to community partners for services not currently provided by ACCESS Housing.
Home Again Family Support Program
These program services seek to prevent homelessness and to support permanent housing supportive services which enable transition from homelessness to either permanent subsidized housing and/or low-income rental housing or to non-subsidized rental housing.
ACCESS Housing also owns 17 units of housing which we rent to low-income families.
STEPS Success Self-sufficiency Program
Program services support family self-sufficiency by ensuring that adult family members secure and maintain jobs that pay a living wage through permanent housing and employment goals, GED preparation and life skills training. Efforts are made for adults are able to secure or retain jobs that pay living wages.
Family Support of Food and Other Resources
Families enrolled in our programs also receive food, clothing, and furnishings, as well as special donations from local business.
A large number of volunteers support the clients of ACCESS Housing through work with our programs and special events, such as our annual holiday parties sponsored by a different local organization each year.
Other Services for Clients
ACCESS Housing arranges for clients to receive weekly training at ACCESS Housing in recovering from and preventing domestic violence and in financial literacy through other nonprofit and government agencies. In addition, ACCESS Housing has recently made arrangements for clients to receive mental health and life counseling from a qualified professional on-site.