We assist single women and families in accessing affordable housing in a number of ways:
• Rapid Rehousing
• Targeted Prevention
• WCWC-owned housing
• Partnering with CASA
The Housing Team completes an assessment with women and families to determine if they are “housing ready.” Housing readiness includes having an income to pay rent and utilities or a voucher and an understanding of what it means to be a good tenant. The Team assists clients in identifying appropriate, safe, affordable housing, completes inspections of the properties, and aids in lease negotiation. In addition, with funds from the state, county, and contributors, the Team is able to help with deposits, first month’s rent, and rental or utility assistance. Case management is provided for a minimum of six months to insure housing stability, with many clients receiving over twelve months of case management.
With funding from the City of Raleigh and contributors, women and families who are facing potential eviction are able to retain their housing. National research indicates that true prevention occurs when those who are assisted most resemble the people who are found in homeless shelters. Therefore, our Targeted Prevention uses such criteria. The criteria are: (a) income for the household is less than 30% of area median income and (b) the household lives in one of the following zip codes – 27601, 27603, 27604, 27610, or 27529.
The Targeted Prevention Case Manager completes a thorough review of information on the women and families, including documentation of their income and rent or utility arrears. In addition, a housing inspection is completed to insure that the property is in good condition. A recommendation is then made regarding the cash assistance needed to insure that a woman or family are able to remain in their housing. Case management follow up continues for a minimum of three months to insure ongoing stability.
The Women’s Center owns two affordable single family homes. These homes are used to provide housing for single mothers with children who earn at or below 40% of area median income. Support services are also provided for these families to insure their ability to maintain housing.
Partnering with CASA
Case managers provide support services to maintain families in their housing at Oak Hollow. The same services are provided at Harrington Place for single women. On site services are regularly scheduled at both locations by four case managers. The focus of the services is not only individual support, but activities to build a sense of community among the residents.