Community First launched in 2013 and has provided hundreds of homeless families with stable housing and wrap around services to promote long-term success.
This program quickly moves families from emergency shelters into permanent housing by providing short-term rental and utility assistance, which decreases the trauma caused by prolonged homelessness. Stable housing allows them to begin creating relationships with their neighbors, utilizing transportation and establishing employment and childcare close to their home.
Once in housing, families receive comprehensive, in-home case management to promote self-sufficiency and long-term stability. Our staff assist families in identifying ways to increase their income, budget effectively, and save toward future goals. Clients are offered tenant and life skills education, as well as referrals to a broad network of services to help them maintain their housing and prevent future incidences of homelessness.