Our programs for the homeless and low income residents of Brevard give back to the community in many ways – by helping individuals and families attain and maintain a productive life; by providing disadvantaged children with the opportunity to grow and learn in a stable, nourishing environment; by providing housing for the elderly, mentally and physically disabled who would otherwise have nowhere to go; and by rehabilitation of neighborhood slums into attractive, affordable homes. These services help to eliminate housing instability, self-medication/drug and alcohol addictions, which will reduce hospitalization, associated criminal activity and incarceration, saving Brevard thousands of tax dollars.
Housing for Homeless was founded as a networking agency with the title The Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless of Homeless of Brevard County. Since then, the agency has acquired through lease, purchase and renovation, over 80 housing units for program participants.
We contracted with The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing and services to the homeless, with a transitional housing program for the able homeless.
A second HUD program of permanent supportive housing for the disabled was awarded. Two transitional programs for homeless veterans were established with Veterans Administration (VA) funding.
The agency was designated as a Certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in accordance with HUD, the State of Florida and Brevard County certification requirements, so that we can apply for local and State funding for development and rehabbing projects.
A new development for disabled veterans called Victory Village, and a new ten-apartment building, Tropic Hammock, were opened on a wooded campus setting in Titusville.
Since we were no longer a Coalition or provided food, we changed our name to Housing for Homeless.
We became the first agency in Brevard to introduce a new philosophy, Housing First, for our chronically homeless program, and then all our programs. Housing First is an approach that quickly and successfully connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements.
We replaced our transitional housing program for able civilians with a new Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH), where we provide rental assistance to clients with a third-party landlord.
We implemented a new Veterans Program for chronically homeless Veterans with significant substance abuse and mental health problems such that we provide 24-hour security.
We expanded our intake of Section 8/HUD-VASH clients, and acquired 10 more properties, bringing our total property count to 91.