Florida is no stranger to homelessness and no two people experience homelessness the same way. Some have a mental health diagnosis, some do not. Some are living with addiction, others are not. Some spend each night in a shelter, while others sleep in doorways, cars, or encampments. For those who are low income but employed, wages have been stagnant and have not kept pace with expensive housing costs. The typical America worker has seen little to no growth in his/her weekly wages over the past three decades. Too little income, combined with the dwindling availability of low-cost housing, leave people at risk for becoming homeless.
Providing the answer to many plights that hover over communities is our overall goal. Those who are homeless face significant obstacles to finding and maintaining employment. Finding a home is a critical first step. Job training and placement programs that we offer, provides the tools they will need to secure a stable, long term employment. Improving access to and providing supportive services, such as job search assistance and transportation assistance, go a long way in helping people stay employed, achieve housing stability and remain housed.
Our team chooses to build a Low Barrier Transitional Homeless Shelter in which no one will ever be turned away based on social status, religion, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity. Transitional housing refers to a supportive – yet temporary – type of accommodation that is meant to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing. “Transitional housing is conceptualized as an intermediate step between emergency crisis shelter and permanent housing. It is more long-term, service-intensive and private than emergency shelters, yet remains time-limited to stays of three months to three years. It is meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where residents can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network.” President-Tenesha Lewis