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What do we do for the homeless?

Housing for Homeless, Inc. (formally the Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless) has been in operation since 1998 and has been designated as a non-profit agency under IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). In 2001, the agency became a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). The agency also is an active participant in the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). This program allows our agency to purchase foreclosed homes that are blighting neighborhoods and refurbish them. The homes are then rented to low income families. The Coalition currently leases, owns, and/or maintains 130 properties throughout Brevard County.

However, the agency is committed to providing more than a change in geography for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our focus is on services that will afford our clients every opportunity to improve their life situation. The agency offers seven components of support: 1) Housing, 2) Outreach, 3) Case Management, 4) Transition assistances, 5) Social Services Networking, 6) Follow-up Support, and 7) Advocacy. The program services provided to address these needs include 1) transitional and permanent housing units for homeless individuals and families, 2) comprehensive support services to aid individuals transitioning into an independent and self-supporting environment, and 3) follow-up review to insure continuing independence is sustainable.

The Housing for Homeless Program provides decent, affordable housing for the homeless and those who are at risk due to insufficient income, loss of resources, or other detrimental circumstances. The Program also provides long-term permanent housing and supportive services for persons with physical and mental disabilities, thus allowing them to live independently in a safe environment.

This unique program is designed to assist and empower participants in transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency and financial independence. In addition to housing, participants are provided with the supportive services and resources needed to increase skills and income. The transitional portion of the Housing for Homeless Program provides housing until the family is able to obtain adequate income to support an affordable permanent home environment.

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