PUTTING THE HOPE BACK IN HOME
This program assists those persons who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless, as well as those that are chronic and episodically homeless to find housing. This involves providing a support system to include access to urgent/basic need items along with life skill development and teachings.This supportive housing is through the SFRPHI Program and is a housing first program. Tenants have a fully furnished suite and this includes access to support staff.
This program is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling the crisis line at 250-723-4050. Additional support is available through program staff consisting of the homeless coordinator, support worker and outreach staff.
This project assists participants to gain independent, safe and affordable housing. One of these initiatives includes an updated weekly housing registry of local Port Alberni Rental vacancies.
Services include personalized care plan development, eviction prevention, landlord/tenant mediation, assistance in applying for income assistance, disability (PWD), and obtaining employment insurance benefits. Support includes accompanying clients to vacancy viewings and linking potential tenants and landlords.
The project focuses on participants cultural beliefs, individuality, issues, and needs. Referrals to workshops addressing root causes to homelessness (i.e., communication, resiliency, budgeting, and shopping on a limited budget). KUU-US helps clients find employment opportunities in working with local businesses in town. Volunteer opportunities are available for clients as well in local organizations in the valley.