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Young Adult Housing Program

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Through a collaboration between the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities and NAMI Fox Valley, the Young Adult Housing Program was created to provide a supportive foundation for young adults aged 18-15 who have a mental health challenge to navigate their transition from adolescence to an adulthood of self-sufficiency and stability.

The Young Adult Housing Program 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 Young Adult Housing Program have an increased opportunity to be healthy, independent, successful members of the community for a lifetime

Point-in-Time Count

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Every year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to conduct sheltered counts of people living in emergency shelter or transitional housing. Every other year, HUD requires communities to conduct unsheltered counts of people living in a place unfit for human habitation (such as in an abandoned building or in a park). We conduct the Point in Time Count the last Wednesday of January and July and are looking for volunteers to assist with the point in time count as well as our resource picnic on the following day. For more information, please visit the Fox Cities Housing Coalition

Home Runs Against Homelessness

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The Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities wants to formally thank Osorio’s Latin Fusion restaurant and the Timber Rattlers for an incredible 3rd season of Home Runs Against Homelessness.  Over $5,000 was raised to support families fleeing homelessness and/or domestic violence.

For 30 years, the Housing Partnership has provided quality, affordable housing and exceptional support services to families struggling with homelessness and/or fleeing domestic violence. Last year alone, they assisted more than 130 families (160 children and 176 adults) from facing the harsh realities of living on the streets or in a shelter.

“This partnership has been an excellent opportunity for us to get more involved,” says Kimberly Finnell of Osorio’s Latin Fusion restaurant. “We were shocked to realize how much of an issue homelessness is within the community. It exists, but you don’t see it. This is a great way to support a good organization and promote awareness about the issue.”

Osorio’s Latin Fusion Restaurant is located at 1910 North Casaloma Drive in Appleton and boasts of creative cuisine and lively libations with a Latin flair.

Project RUSH Annual Report to the Community

Steadily increasing over recent years, our Point-in-Time count reveals that approximately 350-360 individuals are currently struggling with homelessness in the Fox Cities. 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.

Project RUSH, or Research to Understand and Solve Homelessness, is a research-based community collaborative project aimed at learning more about the “hidden homeless” in our community as well as gain a deeper understanding of the individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness. By understanding this “front end” to homelessness, our community will be able to create and implement strategies that will set us on a path to not only end homelessness for more families and individuals, but also to substantially prevent homelessness by addressing some of the most significant barriers to maintaining stable housing.

In April of 2015, over 22 days at 17 different community locations, 125 volunteers donated 900 hours of their time to conduct face-to-face surveys with 600 individuals struggling with homelessness and/or at risk for becoming homeless.  From these surveys, we have been able to analyze data, identify trends, and begin to discuss innovative solutions to address poverty in the Fox Cities.

All the information and formal reports from Project RUSH (Research to Understand and Solve Homelessness) can be found on the Fox Cities Housing Coalition's website at: www.fchc.net   For specific questions about the project or to have someone come and present the information to your organization, please contact Project RUSH Project Manager, Betsy Borns, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lastly, it is important to remember why we did this project in the first place. The people. Our community members. Our neighbors, our friends, and sometimes even our family members. We did it for these individuals in our lives who are struggling with homelessness and poverty. We thank them because without their willingness to participate in a brutally honest survey, we would be unable to move forward in finding a new solution to a very old problem. Their generosity in sharing the details of their lives gives voice and substance to the reality of homelessness and helps us as planners, funders, and advocates in our efforts to develop and implement solutions. Our volunteers got to experience this generosity firsthand and now, thanks to Image Studios, we are able to share a bit of that here with you now via here

 

Help for the Homeless hygiene drive

HelpfortheHomelessEvery February/March, 91.9/91.5 The Family organizes a " Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive to collect new personal care and cleaning products for area crisis agencies...including ours.... so that we can dedicate our limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, safe housing, nutritious food, education, and counseling to those we serve. The goal of Help for the Homeless is to provide a year’s worth of supplies to each agency. Donations will remain here in the Fox Cities!

 In 2017, 223 collection sites were hosted throughout the Fox Cities. This generated over $157,000 worth of products to be distributed to community members in need at 17 different crisis agencies, like the Housing Partnership. These products are incredibly meaningful as hygiene items and diapers are not covered through WIC or Food Share (Food Stamps).

 Please donate generously and help us help our neighbors in need. To find out more information about the drive’s dates and drop-off location, please visit www. thefamily.net or call their studios at 800-236-9364

Thank you! 

 

 

 


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