The Housing Opportunities program's first project was the developing of an SRO (Single-Room Occupancy) facility. The priority for this project was established by years of study by the Jefferson County Coalition for the Homeless - a group that was organized and sponsored through CAC support. Using the old Cathedral school, donated for the purpose by the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville a development grant was secured, a feasibility study made of the property, and a complex and challenging package of additional grants written. Money for "rehab" construction as well as rental subsidy has been secured. The whole process, including waiting for state and federal bureaucratic snarls, consumed nearly five years before actual construction began in the fall of 1997.
In the summer of 1998, the project began to provide professionally-managed, low-cost efficiency apartments for 30 homeless individuals. Supportive services from various community agencies is offered on-site.
The Cathedral project is being funded through a complex package of grants, each of which was acquired separately by the CAC. The funders include a portion of the City of Steubenville CDBG grant; the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Ohio Department of Development; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Appropriate Referrals to Cathedral Apartments:
Proof of income and homelessness; ability to live alone with supportive services.
Shelter Plus Care I &II
One of the housing programs at the CAC is a yearly grant from HUD (Housing and Urban Development). It provides thirty-three (33) rental vouchers for homeless individuals/ families with a disability of substance abuse, mental illness, AIDS, or AIDS-related diseases. (20) rental vouchers for chronically homeless single adults with a disability.
Homelessness is defined as living on the street, in places not meant for human habitation, or emergency shelters.
The program is different from other permanent supportive housing projects, because of its intent to be consumer-driven. Within certain limitations, participants are able to choose their own places of residence. Once housed, they receive intensive supportive services to aid them in becoming self-sufficient.
The CAC was one of only 14 agencies to originally receive this funding. The program has grown and become competitive statewide. Funding for this project is from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Shelter Plus Care provides rental assistance only.
Low income, homeless individuals or families with disabilities.
Proof of income and homelessness; ability to live alone with supportive services and have proof of disability from a medical professional.
Homelessness Crisis Intervention Program
The Homelessness Crisis Intervention Program provides temporary rental assistance for individuals or families experiencing a momentary emergency that may jeopardize their housing.
Participants must be able to prove their ability to continue rental payments on their own once the assistance has ended.
Case managers meet with and assess all participants and their needs. In addition to rental assistance, the team will make all applicable referrals to other agencies and programs that can assist the consumer in continuing their self-sufficiency.
Appropriate Referrals to Homelessness Prevention:
|Jamie Blanchard||Case Manager||282-0971 Ext. 161|