The Stewpot is now housing clients!
At the end of last year, we were awarded a grant to launch a Rapid Rehousing Program at The Stewpot in 2021. In April, we began the process of placing folks in apartments, with an initial goal of assisting 40 households on their journey to overcome homelessness.
The grantors placed their trust in us to develop and manage a housing program because of the trust you have placed in us over the past 46 years to develop and expand programs that have improved the lives of our city’s most vulnerable.
The Rapid Rehousing Program’s first participants will be individuals, couples, and families on the city’s Continuum of Care housing priority list who have been unhoused—staying at shelters or unsheltered—for under a year. These folks face challenges getting and keeping an apartment, but with intensive case management and other wraparound services will have the tools to remain housed and achieve stability.
The grant we received has allowed us to hire an exceptional team that is working with both clients and landlords to place those referred to us into homes of their own. We will pay their deposit and application fee, and provide rental assistance for up to 24 months. When the client is able, they will gradually take on an increasing portion of the monthly rental costs until they are able to assume full responsibility for their rent and utility expenses.
Financial support is paired with intensive casework services. The client will meet weekly with their caseworker, develop a plan for success, receive employment assistance and skills training, and be provided access to an array of services offered by The Stewpot and partner agencies that are tailored to their needs.
We are so excited about being able to help our friends in this new way—to end homelessness for each individual and family we help through this program. Please consider a gift to The Stewpot to support all our programs that together help our neighbors and make our community stronger and healthier. Donate today at thestewpot.org/donate.