The solutions we provide for clients are not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and our housing program is no exception. Like many homeless services providers throughout the U.S., the Village works proactively to return people to housing as quickly as possible.
We have a long history of successfully supporting disabled and vulnerable individuals and families to gain permanent housing. This means we identify in their own home place and continue to serve them while they live in permanent housing. This service relies on our sustained relationships with local landlords to ensure rapid placements for disabled homeless and chronically homeless individuals and families.
Interim and Transitional Housing
With a focus on returning homeless individuals and families to permanent housing as quickly as possible, we provide 881 beds throughout our transitional and interim housing programs. This “rapid re-entry” model helps people attain the income they need to support themselves in housing while at the same time addressing underlying issues that, if unchecked, could threaten their future stability after they leave the Village.
Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing
In 2014, we managed 365 units of affordable housing for those with limited incomes. Of those apartments, 140 were operated as permanent supportive housing, which, in addition to the affordable designation, further specialized in serving formerly homeless disabled adults and families. Within the permanent supportive housing, we use evidence-based practices — including motivational interviewing, strengths-based case management and a solutions-focused approach aimed at helping individuals maintain housing. We coordinate services based on individual needs, abilities, goals and preferences of tenants while promoting a healthy, safe and supportive community in every building. Supportive services offered include case management, referrals, mental health therapy, nurse visits, medication management, psychiatry and peer support.
Through this important endeavor, we serve chronically homeless persons identified as the most costly frequent users of publicly funded emergency and other services. Using a Housing First, harm-reduction model, we provide subsidized permanent housing, intensive case management and medical care to Project 25 clients. Over a three-year period, we’re proud to say that all 36 project participants have remained in their housing. This method of intervention is the most expensive to implement, but the cost savings from demands on community services are far greater. During the three years of the project, savings to community resources were in excess of $4 million.
“I started drinking after I was diagnosed with epilepsy and, consequently, I lost my business, house, car and family. My life existed around the bottle for 15 years before I was admitted to Project 25. I wouldn’t be alive without this program—I was drinking until I passed out every day for all those years. Thanks to Project 25, I have an apartment, I am 2-years sober and my family is accepting me back.” Jeanine
In October 2014, St. Vincent de Paul Village was selected as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grantee. The new program, Village Project 20, will expand Project 25’s success to an additional 20 frequent users of publicly funded services and vulnerable adults in permanent housing. We were pleased to again team up with SAMHSA, a relationship that began in 2007 when St. Vincent de Paul Village was selected as one of nine original grantees for the SAMHSA Services in Supportive Housing program to provide services to formerly homeless, special needs tenants of permanent supportive housing.