Agency assists newly homeless 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

When housing needs arise for low-income people, the Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation (LEAHC) assists residents in three ways.

The chief programs offered for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless are Housing First, Emergency Shelter, and Transitional Housing.

The Housing First program is LEAHC’s largest and has served more than 1,000 individuals in the past five months.

The Housing First philosophy is fairly new to homeless providers and has a primary goal of reducing or eliminating the amount of time a family is homeless by supporting permanent housing options immediately.

If families are first stabilized with permanent housing—before necessary support services are provided—they tend to be more success in remaining in permanent housing, thus reducing the number of homeless.

In this program, families are provided with case management support including housing search assistance, landlord mediation, and follow-up. Financial assistance may be provided for eligible participants.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided more than $117,000 in financial assistance for 265 families in housing crisis.  In addition, LEAHC case managers have coordinated with other human service agencies and churches for an additional $35,000 in financial assistance for families in need.

The Emergency Shelter Program provides 90 days of shelter at no cost to the participants. Daily case management, support services, food, monthly life skills training, laundry facilities, telephone service and transportation assistance is provided.

LEAHC is the only agency providing emergency shelter for Lenawee County families, and it also provides emergency shelter for single adults.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided shelter for five families with 22 children, as well as helping 16 single adults. 

The Transitional Housing program provides affordable housing for up to two years and includes weekly case management, support services and monthly life skills training.

The goal of this program is to assist families with the transition from temporary to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. 

LEAHC currently operates seven transitional housing units located in Adrian, Britton, Riga and Tecumseh.  During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided 14 adults and 16 children with transitional housing units.

LEAHC is a newly funded program of Lenawee United Way.

For more information, call LEAHC 517/264-0782.

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