This Year's Project: Bridges West Transitional Housing Program
Throughout our 43 year history in Siouxland Center For Siouxland has adapted and changed with the needs of the community. Today, Center For Siouxland programs focus on self sufficiency and financial stability by helping people, empowering lives, and building futures. Current programs and services include: Bridges West Transitional Housing for homeless families and individuals; Consumer Credit Counseling; HUD-certified Housing Counseling for renters, homebuyers, and homeowners; VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) free income tax preparation; Representative Payee services; and prescription medication assistance
Current Project: Bridges West Transitional Housing Program
Bridges West, a 22 unit project-based transitional housing facility. The program serves ALL homeless populations and subpopulations, except unaccompanied youth. Bridges West provides up to 24 months of shelter plus case management and supportive services for those who are facing the greatest barriers to obtaining and remaining in their own permanent housing. Our transitional housing model is effective for our program participants because in addition to providing safe, temporary shelter, the program includes weekly, on-site case management and other supportive services needed to help the homeless develop the skills needed to increase income and/or employment, obtain and maintain their own permanent housing, and become and remain self-sufficient and financially stable. This model also lets them experience community living and learn how to be a good renter before they get their own permanent housing. The Case Manager assesses and targets essential services through the initial Self-Sufficiency Matrix. The Matrix contains 18 life domains that assess the participant’s stability, strengths, and weaknesses in areas such as household finances, personal and family health/relationships, education/employment, childcare, parenting/life skills, and legal. Once completed, the Matrix is used to develop SMART goals and the client’s Individual Service Plan, and to determine which resources/services the client already receives as well as those which are needed. During subsequent case management appointments the Case Manager and the client continually evaluate, revise, and set additional SMART goals in the areas of greatest need. In order to monitor client needs as well as their progress toward self-sufficiency and program success, the Matrix is re-evaluated at least every 6 months and a final Matrix is completed upon program exit. Our staff maintain a list of service providers and stay current on the services they provide and the requirements for accessing their services so that after determining what services are needed, the Case Manager can inform the client and make referrals and provide contact information to appropriate service/mainstream benefits providers.