Northwest Housing Alternatives launched HomeBase in October, 2009 to increase the capacity of the Annie Ross House and to respond to the growing number of people at risk of homelessness in Clackamas County. The goal of HomeBase is to help families and individuals become self-sufficient and stable in permanent housing.
HomeBase adds three service components to our programs that address homelessness:
Eviction Prevention offers short- (up to three months), medium- (up to four to eight months) and long- term (up to eighteen months) financial assistance to prevent people from becoming homeless. Financial assistance helps people pay past due or current rent or utilities.
Rapid Re-Housing provides housing placement assistance along with short- and medium-term financial support, based on the unique needs of each household served. Financial help may take the form of moving assistance, move-in fees, rental assistance or utility assistance.
Supportive Case Management Services help program participants’ secure affordable housing while they learn to navigate the complex social service system. They may be connected to employment services, entitlement programs, information about health care and addictions services, and referral to quality childcare. HomeBase allows staff to engage clients in the community before they arrive in shelter and provides at least three months of active and intensive case management after the last month of housing or financial assistance. Maximum caseloads are 25 households per staff person.
HomeBase seeks to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place. Participants receive case management assistance provided by NHA’s Family Support Specialists to move quickly from homelessness into housing and connect to needed social services. Individuals and families continue to work with Family Support Specialists after they leave our campus or finish receiving financial assistance to ensure continued stability.
To access HomeBase or inquire about services for yourself or someone you know, please call 503.654.1007 x108
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