Clients who are currently experiencing homelessness can receive numerous services designed to link them to both emergency shelter and permanent housing. Clients are given a full assessment to determine what housing and treatment options might be available to them based on their history and personal goals. The Housing Case Manager can then assist the Client in completing applications for various housing options–always working to find an income-based housing option first–including public housing, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, subsidized housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment and recovery centers, recuperative care, and private landlords. Clients are also given counseling on how to be more marketable to potential landlords, assistance with obtaining the important documents necessary for most housing applications, and referred to services which can help them improve their personal and financial health so they will be well-suited to live independently. Street Works is a partner in the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission’s How’s Nashville campaign and “housing first” philosophy.
Housing Retention & Emergency Financial Assistance
The Street Works Emergency Financial Assistance program allows client to apply to have some of their costs related to their housing covered through various grants, including the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), Ryan White Part A, and Broadway Cares. Clients can apply for move-in costs for permanent housing such as security deposits and first month’s rent and utility deposits. In addition, Street Works can sometimes provide assistance to clients who are struggling to make their rent, mortgage, or utility payments to avoid eviction or loss of service. The Housing Case Manager can also help Clients to resolve landlord disputes, secure outside financial assistance and counseling, develop independent living skills, and when necessary, find alternative affordable housing.