Our Housing First program is providing long-term
housing and ongoing support for 30 chronically
homeless individuals and families in the city of Eau
Clients are given an assessment by a case
manager, and those who are deemed most vulnerable
are placed directly into apartments. These apartments
are not all in one location, but spread throughout the
community to help clients reintegrate more quickly.
Once housing is provided, a case manager works with
the clients in the areas of mental and physical health,
substance abuse, education, and employment.
In comparison, other homeless programs have moved clients through different levels of housing - temporary shelters, followed by short-term transitional units, and then subsidized housing.
Western Dairyland's Housing First program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), is funded to provide long-term housing for 30 individuals and/or families. Furniture, housewares and cleaning supplies for the apartments are being donated by community members and local businesses.