Catholic Charities Gary - Gateway Housing
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Gary, IN 46402
Class of Housing/Services: Permanent Housing for Chronically Homeless Persons with Disabilities
he Gateway program serves people who: Have been chronically homeless (definition: Living in a shelter, on the streets, or in a vehicle for the past year; living in an abandoned building or in a building like a garage with no utilities or water. Or Have been homeless (same definition as above) for 4 separate periods over the past 3 years with the 4 periods totaling 1 year. And Have been diagnosed with a 'sever mental illness' and/or substance abuse as diagnosed by a psychiatrist. The Gateway program uses the Housing First model. This means that our clients are housed first and then they are encouraged to address the issues that might have contributed to or caused their homelessness. (This model is considered a best practice.) The majority of new clients come to the Gateway program through referrals from one of the area’s mental health centers or homeless shelters. We work with clients to find the right housing for them within the limits of the funding that is available. Those funds come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Each year we receive funding for: 40 – 1-Bedroom units at the Fair Market Rate (which is currently $646 including utilities) for 12 months 10 – 2-Bedroom units at Fair Market Rate (which is currently $805 including utilities) for 12 months Clients with income are required to pay 30% of it towards their rent and utilities. We must provide a 25% match and a 150% leverage. Thus, government, client and our agency all are invested in this program. Housing can be located anywhere in Lake County. We have clients living in Gary, Hammond, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station and Whiting. Landlords must agree to work within the requirements of the Gateway program. All housing must meet HUD-approved standards which are verified by inspection prior to lease-signing. Once the client has signed a lease with the landlord and documents between Catholic Charities and the landlord are signed, the Gateway program pays the security deposit and begins rent payments. The client is supported by the Catholic Charities Case Manager from the beginning of this process, through move-in, and beyond. Once the client has moved-in, the Case Manager visits the client at least twice a month, with one of those visits in the client’s home. While in the program, the client works toward three specific global goals: Achieving and maintaining permanent housing Achieving greater self-determination Increasing income and/or non-cash benefits
Helpful Definitions For Catholic Charities Gary - Gateway Housing:
Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.
How To Volunteer at Catholic Charities Gary - Gateway Housing:
Be a volunteer. Call Catholic Charities Gary - Gateway Housing at (219) 886-3565 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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