Community Partnerships

 

The Housing Partnership believes that collaboration amongst service providers is crucial to ensuring the success of our community. We recognize that families have varying housing and supportive service needs and as such, we work with other local agencies to ensure the most effective and efficient provision of services to each family. The agencies and projects listed below detail some of the numerous community partnerships that we engage with as a means of continuing to serve our community.

The Fox Cities Housing Coalition is a professional alliance of 28 community nonprofits and agencies that address the community’s basic needs amongst a continuum of service providers. This partnership aims to eliminate redundant services and proactively identify holes or areas of bottleneck that are preventing the effective delivery of basic need solutions to the community. The mission of the Fox Cities Housing Coalition is to ensure that all people in the Fox Cities have decent affordable housing.


Established in 1984 as a program of the Outagamie County Department of Human Services, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs began as a grassroots organization offering a safe shelter and basic crisis services to women and children hurt by domestic abuse. The Housing Partnership developed 6 transitional housing program apartments on Harbor House’s property, specifically for families transitioning out of their domestic violence shelter. These families receive intensive supportive services and case management in line with our transitional housing program.


Through a collaboration with the Fox Valley Veterans Council and the VFW Post 2778 , the Housing Partnership renovated a VFW-owned home, turning it into a remodeled duplex for two veteran families struggling with homelessness. The Housing Partnership provides supportive services including case management and, in collaboration with local veteran service organization, veteran issues support.


Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Inc. seeks to provide overnight, temporary shelter to homeless adult men and women, and to address other needs by collaborating with community resources.The Warming Shelter will refer potential tenants to the Housing Partnership.


Homeless Connections, established in 1981, has adapted to meet the needs of people both homeless and at-risk of homelessness in the Fox Valley community. Their mission is ending homelessness by connecting individuals and families to resources that promote self-sufficiency and prevent future homeless episodes. Homeless Connections refers families to the Housing Partnership for longer-term housing opportunities.


Since 1917, The Salvation Army has been here helping in the Fox Valley. They provide assistance to those in need. Families, men, women and children come to them for compassion, hope and understanding. Their mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination. Salvation Army and the Housing Partnership work together to provide transitional housing in the Fox Cities.


Since 1993, Habitat is helping to break the cycle of poverty by providing access to affordable housing.Habitat partners with low-income families working toward home ownership as well as existing homeowners. Habitat families must demonstrate a need for housing, the ability to pay, and a willingness to partner.


As a local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), NAMI Fox Valley’s mission is to support and empower those affected by mental illness. Their vision to live in a stigma-free community, and society that supports and promotes mental health and recovery. NAMI and the Housing Partnership are in the process of collaborating on a housing project that will be geared towards preventative assistance for young adults with mental illness.


The ADVOCAP mission is to create opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. ADVOCAP and the Housing Partnership work together to provide transitional housing in the Fox Cities.


City of Appleton

The City of Appleton Community and Economic Development Departments mission is to deliver programs, administer regulations, and provide resources to:

  • present Appleton as a leader in the Fox Cities in which to live and do business,
  • promote comprehensive and smart growth concepts to ensure land use compatibility and quality built environments,
  • enhance and diversify the tax base through new construction and reinvestments in existing areas,
  • support improvements in the housing stock and advance the quality of our neighborhoods,
  • partner with the community in initiatives that promote Appleton as a vibrant area and improve the lives of Appleton's citizens.

The City of Appleton Community and Economic Development Department administers several state and federal grants for Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities, Inc


LEAVEN works through volunteers to assist people in crisis who have basic needs that cannot be met elsewhere.LEAVEN provides limited financial assistance to people who are struggling to meet their basic needs and have nowhere else to turn for help. We also help connect clients to other community resources.

 


On behalf of the Fox Cities Housing Coalition, the Housing Partnership has led the efforts in creating a community-wide research project to better understand, and ultimately solve, homelessness in the Fox Cities.

Each year, the Fox Cities Housing Coalition holds a Point-In-Time Count to identify the number of homeless individuals and families within our community.

What this number doesn’t tell us is exactly how many individuals and families are on the edge of homelessness, essentially one or two hard times away from needing emergency assistance. These individuals may be currently getting by with their housing situation by doubling up with friends and family, living in motels, or living on their own but struggling to pay rent or mortgage due to the unaffordable nature of their home. While not actively homeless, these housing situations are not considered stable for the long-term and as such, these individuals are at a greater risk for becoming homeless and needing housing services.

Termed the “hidden homeless,” these individuals and families are currently on the outside of our housing services periphery. Without the opportunity to (1) identify the number of individuals and families in this hidden homeless situation and (2) define the services they need to prevent them from sliding into homelessness, we as a community have not been able to truly solve homelessness in the Fox Cities. Until now.

Throughout the month of April, we had over 125 trained volunteers devote 700 hours of service to completing ~600 professional surveys with individuals struggling with homelessness or housing insecurity. The results from this survey awere presented to the community at the Fox Cities Housing Coalition’s Annual Report to the Community on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  

A Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., was hired in summer 2016 and is continuing to work with the Fox Cities Housing Coalition to continue focus on solving homelessness in our community.