After three years of homelessness and struggling with addiction, Alicia and Roland walked through the doorway of their new apartment, looked at each other and said, “Is this really ours?”
“A place to call ‘home’ is fantastic, but it’s so much more than that,” Alicia and Roland explain. “We have a sense of pride, and our relationships are better because friends and family can visit,” said Alicia. “Our health is good,” Roland added, “because we have a healthier lifestyle, and we found out we really enjoy cooking together!”
Connecting to services through CCEH’s Resource Center started Alicia and Roland on their path to recovery and independence.
“We feel safe and happy, and we are so grateful,” Alicia and Roland want you to know, and they admit that they don’t know if they’d be alive today without the support they received from CCEH.
Housing First Concord is the permanent supportive housing program of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness for individuals who have struggled with “chronic” homelessness. This means that the individual has been homeless for over a year, and also has some kind of disability (physical, developmental, mental health, substance use disorder, or a combination).
We provide a rental subsidy so that the participant can afford an apartment in the community. We also provide intensive, on-going caseworker support to the participant to make the transition to being stably housed, and to address other participant-driven goals as they are ready.
Currently, Housing First Concord can accommodate approximately fifteen people, but we are seeking opportunities to expand the program.
What Does “Housing First” Mean?
“Housing First” is a nation-wide model for ending homelessness that is centered on the belief that everyone can achieve stability in permanent housing directly from homelessness, and that stable housing is the foundation for achieving other health or social services goals.
People who are chronically homeless often make extensive use of public services, such as shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails and prisons, all at great cost to the community. Permanent supportive housing leads to decreased use of all these public services, which saves money for the community. At the same time, it increases the health and wellbeing of those served. Housing First works for the individuals and their communities.
Providing housing and caseworker support can cost LESS than having a person remain on the streets!
It has been estimated that an individual experiencing chronic homelessness can cost the community between $30,000- $50,000 per year.* It costs approximately $12,000-$15,000 to provide an individual with housing and support through Housing First Concord.