Programs and Services

Recognizing that families have varying housing and supportive service needs, the Housing Partnership offers distinct programs to ensure optimal success for participating families, including the Transitional Housing programs , time-limited transitional housing programs with intensive case management; the Permanent Supportive Housing program for families needing longer-term housing and case management support due to persistent financial restraints; the Independent Living Program for individuals with special needs; the Affordable Housing program for families needing quality, affordable housing due to persistent financial restraints; “It Takes a Village” program for rapid housing assistance with external case management services; and the Ascend Initiative, for individuals 18-25 years of age experiencing mental health challenges .

Supportive Services

Services

The Housing Partnership employs a full-time case manager and a life skills coordinator to provide comprehensive supportive services to families in the transitional and permanent support housing programs. We engage the families in intensive case management and life skills training to provide the education and support for them to implement successful daily living skills.

Our case managers work with each family in their home to help them connect and maintain community and state resources such as Wisconsin Works; food share; child care; GED/HSED certification; continuing education; employment training; primary health and mental health care providers; and Birth to Three, Head Start and school enrollment.

Our life skills coordinator works with each family in their home to ensure that they are maintaining a healthy living environment, including keeping a safe and sanitary condition for all family members, especially children. Education focuses on daily living skills such as developing and following a budget; household cleaning practices; food preparation and storage; personal hygiene; health and nutrition; organization (in cases of hoarding or clutter which contributes to safety issues); and scheduling and keeping appointments. The life skills coordinator also observes the family’s care of the home environment and level of personal interactions as a proactive step to signal potential decline in either physical or mental health.

The ultimate goals for our families are to secure permanent and affordable housing and to develop the skills to live with self-sufficiency in a dignified environment

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing provides affordable housing and intensive support services to families experiencing homelessness, living in an environment not meant for permanent housing (e.g. motels, cars, staying with others), and/or fleeing domestic violence.

We have two programs, the transitional housing program and the rapid rehousing program, through which families seeking transitional housing can participate in for up to 18-24 months. While each program has slightly different requirements and expectations for participation, all families within either program will work with our case manager and life skills coordinator on a weekly basis to increase their financial, emotional, and familial stability.

The ultimate goals for families are to secure permanent, affordable housing and develop the skills to live with self-sufficiency in a dignified environment. Primary outcomes to support these goals focus on helping the families effectively reduce previous debt, connect with community resources, develop and implement positive parenting skills, establish a positive rental history, and learn fiscally responsible budgeting principles. To hear about how this program has made a difference in our community, click here to learn about Tina’s story.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent supportive housing provides quality, affordable housing and monthly supportive services for families needing long-term support due to persistent financial constraints that are unlikely to change because of disability, age, or other circumstance. Without the quality housing offered by Housing Partnership, these families would experience a significant housing burden, paying more than 30% of their monthly income towards housing which results in other basic needs (such as health care, food, clothing, etc.) being unmet.

These families receive monthly support from our life skills coordinator who ensures that each family member is living a well-balanced, healthy life. To hear about how this program has made a difference in our community, click here to learn about Lisa’s story.

Independent Living (Special Needs)

We provide affordable, quality housing that is tailored to the needs of an individual with a disability so that he/she has increased opportunities for independence, community living, and inclusion.

Started in 2012, this program provides quality housing that is adapted to facilitate safe mobility and meet the physical needs of the individual while being financially sustainable. We ensure that the physical needs of the individual are met by providing comprehensive housing-oriented services, such as application assistance, expert maintenance upkeep, physical accommodation of living spaces, and financial assistance with rent and utilities.

We collaborate with licensed third-party daily support care providers and local managed care organizations to make certain that all individuals are successfully living independently. To hear about how this program has made a difference in our community, click here to learn about Under One Roof’s story.

Affordable Housing

As our largest program, the affordable housing program is a preventative program that works to ensure families have the opportunity for an inclusive, financially well-balanced life without falling into the cycle of poverty and/or homelessness.

This program provides quality, affordable housing and as-needed supportive services to address and/or prevent persistent financial constraints that families may be facing. This program also serves as a pathway to independent living for families transitioning out of the transitional housing programs. To hear about how this program has made a difference in our community, click here to learn about Susan's story.

It Takes A Village (ITAV)

Through the Housing Partnership's It Takes a Village (ITAV) program, we coordinate community resources, secure permanent affordable housing, and provide intensive case management so that 20 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness have increased opportunities for community living and stability.

For individuals with significant mental health barriers and a history of chronic homelessness, they have often cycled through emergency shelters and other basic need service providers for years, if not decades. Often times, these individuals have exhausted all other opportunities for stabilization and are living on the fringe of our community. In order to offer this highest-need, highest-barrier sub-group of the homeless population one last chance for stability, a different approach is required. Created to be this "last chance effort"; ITAV provides immediate, longer-term, affordable housing and intensive case management services so that these individuals have one last opportunity to steady themselves, learn the daily living skills required to overcome addiction and establish self-sufficiency, and strengthen their physical, emotional, and mental health.

To be considered eligible for the program, individuals must have a diagnosed disability and a history of chronic homelessness. As these individuals require longer-term support over two to five years in order to sufficiently learn and successfully implement independent living and coping skills, the program is currently limited to 20 Fox Cities’ individuals to ensure that the case managers can direct focused time and energy to each accordingly.

Historically a collaborative project with Ryan Community, in 2016 the Housing Partnership assumed full operational oversight of the program. ITAV fills a unique niche in our community's housing continuum by providing focused services to individuals who are repetitively cycling through the shelter system and placing them into stable housing that would otherwise be unattainable. A secondary benefit of this approach is that it enables the shelters to focus on serving individuals who need a lighter-touch and can successfully transition to independent housing with less support.

To hear about how this program has made a difference in our community, click here to learn about Bill's story.

The Ascend Initiative

Through a collaboration between the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities and NAMI Fox Valley, the Ascend Initiative was created to provide a supportive foundation for young adults aged 18-25 who have a mental health challenge to navigate their transition from adolescence to an adulthood of self-sufficiency and stability.  The program's mission is to assist the young adults with their mental health recovery and develop the necessary skills to obtain employment that has a "living wage" income while navigating the road between youth and adulthood.

The Ascend Initiative provides comprehensive supportive services that focus on management of mental health challenges, health care, financial and personal accountability, education and employment.   In connecting participants to community resources and teaching them valuable real-life skills while living independently in their own shared apartments, those served in the program have an increased opportunity to be healthy, independent, successful members of the community for a lifetime.

Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System-Consumer Notice

The Housing Partnership receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or a federal, state, or local public or private entity to provide services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. To read more about this, please click here.