Child Saving Institute Emergency Shelter Services
Child Saving Institute, Inc.
Child Saving Institute’s emergency shelter’s primary area of focus is on ensuring youth have their basic needs for housing stability met. The shelter provides a safe and nurturing temporary placement to youth in crisis and, in doing so, ensures all of their basic needs are met, including needs for physical and behavioral health care, food security, education, recreation, and crisis intervention. There is awake staff available around the clock, 24/7 (with a 4:1 youth to staff ratio during waking hours and 6:1 during hours of sleep). Youth attend their home schools and, if needed, are provided with education and support to prepare them to live independently. Although licensed by the state of Nebraska to care for up to twelve youth, Child Saving Institute’s current shelter facility includes only nine single bedrooms. Because the histories and/or needs of referred youth often preclude sharing bedrooms, the census is often limited to nine to ensure the safety of all youth.
Housing Access Retention and Prevention (HARP)
Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc.
The Housing Access Retention and Prevention (HARP) Program supports the mission of FHAS through the combined efforts of FHAS’ Fair Housing Center and Tenant Services. HARP addresses the multi-generational problem of poverty. It focuses on housing education, financial assistance and supplies barrier removal as a basis for eliminating obstacles that prevent upward economic mobility and success. Participants may access help when necessary obtaining the knowledge and basic needs to build stability, prevent homelessness, increase long-term housing stability, second chance tenancies, and encourage saving plans for at-risk households. The program works toward ending discrimination through education, mediation, investigation of fair housing violations, and advocacy. The program performs intake housing assessments and provides solutions to housing barriers on-site at partnering organizations including schools, faith and community-based organizations.
Emergency Shelter Servicess
The mission of MICAH HOUSE (MH) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for those families and individuals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. MH provides shelter and support services that enable families to gain permanent housing, employment, and address barriers to stability.
Eagle Heights Transitional Living Program
Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition Inc.
The primary area of focus for NUIHC’s Eagle Heights Transitional Living Program is to provide access to culturally and linguistically appropriate substance abuse and mental health services for native American men and women aged 18 and older. Eagle Heights is a non-medical transitional living program designed to facilitate the rehabilitation of the substance/alcohol abuser by placing the client in a structured therapeutic environment. Eagle Heights serves chemically dependent Native Americans who are accepted on the basis of an approved program plan, who are capable of self-care, self support, are ambulatory, are not in need of acute medical care and who need assistance in making the transition back to independent and sober living in the community.
New Visions Homeless Services (NV) Omaha facilities were built in 2012 to provide transitional and permanent supportive housing units for veterans. The 26-unit program provides housing as a transition for veterans toward permanent housing, while aiding their recovery from trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, financial loss, relationship issues, addictions and other unique challenges. There are also permanent supportive housing units to veterans needing a long-term stable environment. The program supports the unique needs of discharged veterans by offering targeted case management and therapy as well as recovery classes and programs specific to veterans. In addition, NV coordinates services by linking clients to housing, accessing mainstream benefits for income stability (i.e. veterans’ benefits), job training, mental health and substance abuse counseling, transportation, spiritual life options, educational financial literacy classes, life skills, hygiene, nutrition and health, and employment education. NV uses a Trauma Informed Care approach for all services delivered.
Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living Progrm-Crisis Intervention
Omaha Home for Boys
Jacobs’ Place is a service-rich transitional living program which first ensures that young adults are housed in a safe environment. Once safely housed, the program provides them with developmentally appropriate case management to address their educational, employment and health and safety needs. The program allows youth to shift their focus from surviving to building the skills they need to transition to adulthood.
Emergency Shelter Program
The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter is Nebraska’s largest emergency shelter and is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Emergency Shelter Program provides shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness. Shelters are open seven days a week, 365 days per year.
Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program
The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter serves as an entry point for homeless individuals to connect to community resources to access housing and needed supportive services. The Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program provides case managers to administer housing and needs assessments, review barriers to housing and develop plans to address those barriers. Five case managers assess guests for housing needs and vulnerability using a community-wide index and work with clients to achieve an appropriate housing solution. In addition to housing assessment and referral, assistance in this program may include accessing healthcare; chemical addictions evaluation/referral/placement; employment assistance/referral; Veterans Affairs assistance/placement/referral; pursuit of employment; further formal education; benefits application assistance; assistance in obtaining identification, birth certificates or driver’s license; transportation; legal assistance/referral; immigration assistance/referral; rent deposit assistance and more.
Homeless Engagement and Diversion
Homeless Engagement and Diversion will provide assessment and case management services for individuals and families seeking emergency shelter services from entry through exit. The Homeless Engagement and Diversion position will conduct initial assessments for access to community homeless diversion services as well as access to community supports and services including the coordinated entry process for supportive housing opportunities. Supportive services are a vital piece of empowering individuals and families at Stephen Center toward self-sufficiency and self-care. In an effort to provide the most appropriate critical safety net services, this program will emphasize providing community assessments in order to identify and meet client needs. Initially, this program will assist clients with access to our community’s new Homeless Diversion services with attempts to avoid homelessness altogether. Typically, this program will coordinate the most appropriate supports and services such as emergency shelter, emergency food, crisis intervention, and other community supports and services to provide the critical safety net to keep community members safe and secure. Most importantly, these assessments introduce clients to the supports and services which may be necessary to prevent future episodes of homelessness.
The Salvation Army Residential Housing Programs
The Salvation Army-NE
The Renaissance Housing Program (RHP) is a six month transitional housing program for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. RHP fulfills a unique need as one of the few transitional housing programs in the community. The RHP offers its residents a studio, two or three bedroom apartment depending upon family size. The apartments are furnished and as needed, clients are assisted with household supplies. Residents are accepted with or without income, (versus other community programs which require income). If residents have income, they pay 30% towards rent. Once in the program, residents receive weekly case management including assistance with any mental or physical health needs, assistance with accessing benefits, budgeting, debt repayment plans, relapse prevention plans and substance abuse referrals, employment assistance, addressing any housing and utility debt, and referrals to safe, affordable, permanent housing. The Case Managers are trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Person-Centered Planning and Strengths Based services in order to ensure that residents are “met where they are” and receive the assistance they need to be successful in the program and transition into their own home upon exit. The Case Manager and the resident work together to create goals that the resident believes are attainable and achievable within the six month time frame in the areas of: Increased Skill/Income (day activities for those unable to work due to a disability), Greater Self-Determination including mental or physical health stability, paying off debt, or addressing substance abuse issues. The final goal is Permanent Housing, which is the overarching goal of the program. The resident and their Case Manager begin discharge planning upon intake into the program to ensure that the resident has the best chance of success. Case Managers provide referrals as needed to both services within The Salvation Army as well as those in the community.