New approach: Several local government agencies and organizations are implementing a new way to get people, especially families off the streets and moved into permanent homes, then helping out with medical and financial assistance.
Several local government agencies and organizations are taking a new approach to find permanent housing for those in need.
They are effectively doing the process in reverse: They're first getting people off the streets and moving them into permanent homes then providing medical and financial assistance.
"They're humans," says Nick Coulter, program coordinator, Providence Housing Development, "so they have every right to be housed."
Within the next couple of months, Coulter is hoping to find a permanent home for 12 homeless families in our area. He's part of the multi-agency effort to help those without a home.
It's a people-first approach; the 12 families get to choose which neighborhood they want to live in.
"We do a preliminary assessment to see if what barriers are there," says Coulter. "We start to look at how to remove those barriers. We've begun to contact landlords that are interested in partnering with us."
Before they move into permanent housing, families need to meet the requirements: Income eligibility and background check. That's being handled by the RHA.
"What we have done is we've expedited the inspection process when normally you're allowed up to 15 days to do it," says Executive Director John Hill. "So now, we cut that down to just a few days to get these families in as quickly as possible."
Once these families find a permanent home, other partner agencies, like Trillium Health, will help them with medical care and connect them to other resources they may need.
Rochester police also fully support of this initiative.
"It's a health and safety issue, right?" says Commander of Patrol Tim List, Rochester police. "So I think you'd find safer communities are the healthier communities."
Multiple agencies are working hard to make sure this new effort to combat homelessness will become a success.
"We want to create a system that makes homelessness brief," says Amy D'Amico, ROC/MOCO Continuum of Care Coordinator. "It makes it rare and non-recurring for anyone that finds themselves in that situation."
The funding for this project will come from the millions of dollars in HUD funding for the homeless our area.
So far, they have already found one family a permanent home just last week. They're hoping to help more families to find a home before the season ends.