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ACCESSIBILITY

Coming Home is addressing accessibility, working with County staff and on its own, to locate existing rentals and educate the landlords about the assistance provided to people experiencing homelessness, to allay landlords’ business concerns. It also has created a new Homes for the Homeless program to ensure the creation of affordable housing specifically for those experiencing homelessness.

Homes for the Homeless is designed to guide and facilitate stakeholder activities in the creation of affordable, permanent housing in Middlesex County. In conjunction with partner stakeholders of financiers, municipalities, affordable housing developers and service providers, Coming Home acts as a catalyst for the creation of affordable housing by identifying and assessing the viability of property; identifying possible sources of funding and developing cross-functional project teams for the specific work. It also responds to presentations of potential projects initiated by its partner stakeholders.

In its role as program coordinator, Coming Home ensures the collection of accurate data to identify solutions appropriate to the particular causes of homelessness and the particular needs of persons who are homeless. Coming Home will continue to support members of the permanent, supportive-housing project development team in whatever way is necessary and feasible during and after the project. The goals of all projects are to (1) limit risks associated with development, (2) minimize costs and (3) maximize the utilization of property to suit the identified, documented need for those experiencing homelessness in Middlesex County.

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AFFORDABILITY

Once a formerly homeless person is newly housed, he/she/they will need temporary assistance with rent payments while they move along the path to self-sufficiency. Coming Home is raising funds to provide temporary rental assistance to homeless people who don’t have a disability to compliment government rental vouchers for people with disabilities. Our data indicates a pronounced need for rental assistance for those who are homeless due to economic hardship, without having a diagnosed disability.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of the County homeless are sheltered (emergency and transitional). Of that 93%, 63% were families experiencing homelessness and of these families, only 27% of the adult heads of the household had a diagnosed disability.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Rental assistance will only be necessary for as long as it takes the mentors of the sustainability programs we have designed to help the new tenant along the path to self-sufficiency. Permanent supportive housing exists in County for those needing long-term supports; Coming Home has identified a need for a social service navigation to help the “hardship homeless” along the path to being happy, healthy contributing members of the community. The social service navigator or case manager will work with each household to identify strengths and unmet needs and develop an individualized plan to promote eventual self-sufficiency.

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