The LDRC Housing Transition Program assists clients in locating affordable housing, provides financial assistance with move-in cost and offers follow-up services for homeless clients transitioning into housing. All potential clients attend a Housing Readiness Class prior to placement. The services offered by our follow-up program include: regular monthly follow-up by a case manager, household items assistance, emergency food box referrals, referrals to community agencies for additional social service supports, mediating with landlords, eviction prevention, provision of basic life skills classes, publication of a client newsletter, and organizing social events to enable clients to develop additional community supports. Currently, over 75% of those who go through our program are still in their housing after one year. Our funding allows us to find placement for approximately 200 individuals per year.
The Hole in the Wall Café is a place where clients can buy half-price bus/light rail tickets, postcards, snacks and drinks, all at a modest price. This allows the Campus community to access needed supplies without leaving the Campus – the nearest convenience store is about 1 mile away. The café also assists in helping to create a culture of responsibility and empowerment rather than entitlement. We offer healthy food options and nuetrital classes. Clients can use their EBT card (food stamp)cash, or “Get Going Bucks.” The GG Bucks are offered to clients as incentive for accomplishing milestones in a case plan, helping out around the Campus, or simply taking appropriate risks – such as attending a workshop or class – that will help them move towards self-sufficiency. In addition, the Café also provides our staff and volunteers another opportunity to engage our clients.
The Commitment Opportunity Resources Empowerment program is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop self-mastery through personal leadership and job skills training. This program utilizes the cooperative atmosphere of volunteer work, coupled with job skills training in a multi-faceted learning experience.
The LDRC Post Office is the only Post Office in the U.S. designated for people experiencing homelessness. Having an actual address (rather than for “General Delivery”) is a significant and often crucial benefit in helping our clients to obtain employment and get into housing. 5,262 clients received their mail at the post office last year. In addition we provide fax & copying services. Our volunteers write cards and letters to ensure everyone will receive mail for those who do not have contact with family or friends .
Bag ‘N Tag
Bag ‘N Tag provides clients a daily and weekly place to store their personal property while actively working to end their homelessness. Lockers are available for rent also.
The Phoenix School of Law has partnered with Lodestar to provide clients direct access to legal counseling.