PATCHOGUE, NY – April 9, 2018 – Community Housing Innovations, Inc.’s (CHI) Resource Center, a day center that provides case management assistance with a focus on permanent housing placement and employment and vocational assistance to homeless single adults, has seen an average total increase of 32 clients per month in 2018 versus the first quarter of 2017.
Since December 2017, The Resource Center has been assessing clients housing needs based upon available resources. Although room and board type rentals historically have been popular, they are not appropriate for some of the current clients, as some have identified substance use, mental health or medical issues which require additional support. More recently, Single Point of Access (SPA), Access to Care housing for the HIV/AIDS populations, the Nursing Home Diversion Program, and Coordinated Entry are being utilized to provide the appropriate support and close the “back door” to homelessness.
The attending clients are being engaged and provided with ancillary life skills and resources that will help them to address the issues that may prevent success. A series of workshops and groups have been brought in such as the Fatherhood Initiative for parenting, Breaking Barriers for legal education, Long Island Cares for nutrition, budgeting, job readiness and resume building, LICAAD for substance abuse, HRH Care for medical needs and the Department of Health for smoking cessation and diabetes prevention. Yoga is also offered once a week for the female population and Long Island Cares has begun an art program.
As a result of the increased clientele, CHI will add a full-time case manager to the Center. Interns have steadily provided support but the 30% increase in clients along with the additional focus on workshops, services and appropriate housing placement demand another full-time paid position. Additionally, the program has been housed in CHI’s administrative building since its inception and the growing programming has required that alternate locations be identified.
The Resource Center provides assistance to homeless adults who are placed in motels or other shelters not operated by CHI that may lack sufficient resources required to meet the clients’ needs. Originally a program that served homeless males, due to demand The Resource Center began offering services to homeless female adults as well. Since it’s opening in late 2013, The Resource Center has helped hundreds of homeless adults’ secure permanent housing.
About Community Housing Innovations
Founded in 1991, Community Housing Innovations, Inc. is a nonprofit affordable housing and social services agency serving Westchester, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. CHI provides housing and human services that support social and economic independence. Programs include emergency and transitional housing, permanent housing, homeownership counseling and education, down payment assistance and foreclosure prevention education. For more information on CHI, visit www.chigrants.org