Rapid Rehousing Program

HOS is able to assist families who have employment but have experienced a life-event that has put them into financial jeopardy. These families are ready to bypass the transitional shelter services and, with assistance, enter directly into housing. Home of the Sparrow’s supportive services and direct client rental assistance is provided for three to nine months. Rental assistance provides the client with financial resources to enter new housing, such as first and last month’s rent and/or security deposits. Aftercare services are also provided as needed. The goal of this program is to rehouse families and individuals into permanent housing within 30 days of program entry and to maintain the permanent housing at both a six month and twelve month check-in.

Criteria for Program

•  Imminently or literally homeless women age 18 or older with children
•  Current McHenry County resident and desire housing in McHenry County
•  Have a reliable and verifiable monthly income from employment, child support, SSI and/or SSDI, or if unemployed, must have strong potential for employment within 30-60 days.
•  Income requirements based on family size
•  Participants must agree to meet with a case manager two to three times per month, the primary focus of which will be budgeting and financial management in order to keep the participant on track with monthly lease payments.

Range of Services

•  Once accepted into the program, assistance finding community rental housing is offered.
•  Short-term financial assistance that may include payment of security deposit, first month’s rent.
•  Case management services offered that include assistance with community resources, budgeting, parenting, health, employment and education.

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