Tabor’s Hearthside Program is a permanent supportive housing program which serves families who:
1) are experiencing homelessness
2) have one family member living with a disability
3) have at least one school-aged child.
One of the goals of the program is to ensure that children are enrolled in school and achieving academic success by helping the family to maintain stable housing.
This program serves seven families at any given time in scattered-site rental units in the community and is funded by a grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program is able to pay the costs of securing permanent housing (first month’s rent, security deposit, etc.) and subsidizes the rent as needed so a household never pays more than 30% of their income for rent.
Participants receive support from the Hearthside Housing Case Manager, especially for housing related issues including budgeting, landlord/tenant relations, skill building for sustaining housing, linkage to community and natural resources, opportunities to increase income by accessing government benefits and/or resources for acquiring or increasing employment. Tabor was recently awarded a second HUD contract that will more than double the number of families being served by the Hearthside Program. This expansion should occur by the end of 2017.
The goals of the Hearthside Program are to support families in sustaining their permanent housing through increasing the family’s income and strengthening their community and natural support system, and by ensuring that children are attending school and having the opportunity to achieve academic success.