People become homeless for an unending list of reasons. But every person who finds themselves without a place to live shares a common deficiency. They lack a family/support system with the means to intervene. Micah believes the church and community have responsibility to fill that gap. We do so through a coordinated care system that meets people where they are with basic needs and general support. As our team of staff and volunteers grows in relationship with individuals, we work with them to pursue income, housing, and medical/mental health solutions. As individuals get jobs, locate housing, obtain benefits, regain stability and succeed otherwise, Micah offers support until it is no longer needed. Just like any family, that support can last months, years, or even a lifetime.
To reduce the length of time households experience homelessness
Through a growing base of landlords, people experiencing homelessness are assisted in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing. Ideally, people will be homeless no more than 30 days before re-gaining a place to live.
To reduce households returning to homelessness
Participants who benefit from our re-housing programs are assisted in the development and implementation of a success plan. Each plan includes goals aimed at increasing participant skills/income and improving their self-determination.
There is no application or waiting list for either program. All participants enrolling in Micah services are asked to complete a housing barrier’s assessment, which helps us develop a plan to address the circumstances that have caused a person to be homeless. Out team of case managers specialize in:
• Application for disability and other benefits
• Connection to mental health/substance abuse services
• Employment search and placement
• Connection to health care resources
• Developing independent living skills
In partnership with Central Virginia Housing Coalition and other private landlords, our staff places individuals/households in community units and provides the support necessary for them to stabilize their living situation.
• Budget or financial management
• Identifying food and community resources
• Finding furniture and other household items
• Landlord or roommate mediation
• Life skills development
• Transportation planning
• Connection to residential supports
• Accessing appropriate benefits
• Medication management
• Household upkeep such as cleaning/meal preparation
Typically, three to nine months of support will stabilize a person enough that we can reduce our support and their household is no longer at risk of returning to homelessness.