This program guides families through the process of rising above homelessness and poverty to become independent. It provides transitional housing to homeless families with children, giving the stability and safety that families need to prosper. A home is essential for children’s health and greatly improves their chances of succeeding academically. Parents benefit from working with a case manager to address all of the barriers they face as they move toward independently supporting their family. Services include job coaching, financial management instruction, assistance with child care, transportation and any other need required by the family.
Our Transitional Housing program is a United Way sponsored program.
Action Ministries Housing provides financial assistance to move clients into apartments, and case management services to keep them there. Our program also focuses on preventing homelessness from occurring in the first place and is able to pay overdue rent and utilities to keep someone in housing and out of our community’s homeless service system. Action Ministries Supportive Housing program is funded with several grants, including the following programs.
Permanent Supportive Housing
More than 40 percent of America’s homeless population are people with disabilities, and the number appears to be rising, according to an annual report on homelessness from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Meanwhile, just 17.7 percent of the general adult population reports having a disability, meaning that a significantly larger percentage of people with disabilities are homeless compared to the rest of the population.
Homeless people with disabilities often rely on relatively small Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments—which average 44 percent below the federal poverty level—making it difficult for people to retain permanent housing.
Action Ministries’ Supportive Housing program, located at Maxwell House in Augusta, Ga., ensures that homeless people with disabilities have stable housing, case management and the resources necessary to live as independently as possible.