Research indicates that more than 80 percent of the total homeless population is women, children, and families that experience a life-altering event (e.g., job loss, natural disaster, divorce, abuse, or medical condition) that drives them to homelessness.
Typically, these transitionally homeless individuals and families merely need a second chance to get their feet back on the ground, attain self-sufficiency, and move quickly toward acquiring some sort of permanent housing.
HomeAid America creates and suports local chapters, giving them the tools to build shelter projects for this homeless population, then donates the housing to charities such as the Boys Hope Girls Hope, Mercy House, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, and others for them to operate. To be eligible to receive a HomeAid home, the charity must provide social services that enable residents to transform their lives and move towards self-sufficiency.
The programs offered by the social service agencies/charities fall into two primary categories: Continuum of Care and Housing First. The Continuum of Care model originated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This model advocates that homeless people must progress through a “continuum” before they can become stable. In this model, residents enter an emergency facility and complete the recuperative work available there; proceed to transitional housing and complete the emotional/educational work required there; then move onto permanent-supportive housing that provides additional stabilization services. Optimally, the process ends with residents becoming fully self-sufficient and entering affordable housing.
As the name implies, the Housing First model provides housing first, with support services offered at some later date. This model advocates that housing, in and of itself, provides stability. In contrast to the Continuum model, the Housing First model espouses that support services are necessary for long-term self-sufficiency, but are not crucial initially.
HomeAid chapters build and donate shelters to charities that understand the needs of their local homeless population and employ the model that best works for them and their community. Regardless of which model is used, HomeAid performs rigorous due diligence to ensure the charity can achieve the positive outcomes for which a HomeAid home is being donated.