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Program Helps Homeless Find Permanent Homes

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A new program offers the chance for more of the area's homeless to get extra help to find permanent homes. 

"I had hit rock bottom and didn't know where to go from that," said Chelsea, who walked into the SEK-CAP offices in Pittsburg to fill out an application for the Rapid Re-Housing Program, new to SEK-CAP this year. 

Chelsea is a single mother who says she's been having a rough time lately, and though she has a job, she's had to take time off work to deal with health issues. In between staying in her car or with family, she says the Rapid Re-Housing Program now offered by SEK-CAP seemed like the leg up she's been hoping for.

"I came here and everything and everyone let me know it'll be ok, I mean you're not a bad person for being where you're at, you didn't do anything wrong, you just hit a place in your life where it's tough."

The program offers assistance to homeless individuals in twelve Kansas Counties who have a job, and make thirty percent under the median income of the area. The Counties include: Crawford, Cherokee, Allen, Labette, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Elk, Woodson, Neosho, Montgomery, and Wilson. The program offers assistance with things like security deposit, or first month's rent.

"For a person who has a Full Time job it can be difficult tocome up with that kind of money, let alone somebody who is on the street," said Timi Myers of SEK-CAP.

It was because of the first round of this program back in May that eight homeless families were able to get off of the street and into either a home or an apartment, and this time they are expanding their scope to include singletons.

"We decided to open it up to single individuals this go around because there are so many single homeless individuals in the area and there just aren't enough services to meet that," said Myers.

Myers says the program includes a long term follow up, to help ensure the homes are permanent and safe. She says they can also help with things like planning a workable budget. But for Chelsea, she says she is just excited at the prospect of a little consistency.

"Just so my little girl has a place where she's like, 'Mommy we're home.'"

Myers says the applications will now be accepted on a rolling basis and will let the public know when they are getting full. Chelsea says she plans on finishing up her application and handing it in soon. 

SEK-CAP says the program this year is funded through HUD, and hopes to gain even more funding and expand next year.

According to SEK-CAP there were about two hundred homeless individuals in Southeast Kansas as of January. 

For an Application for the program click here.

For an Referral Screening click here.

 

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