On November 7th, 2013, Kim Williams coordinated with organizations from the community hosted a Public Safety Fall Festival for our clients. Participants included the Bulloch County Sheriff Department, the Statesboro Police Department, the Statesboro Fire Department, Bulloch County EMS, and James “Bubba” Revell provided the food for the event. The families enjoyed a giant blow up slide and bouncy house, as well as a cookout style dinner for the evening. Thank you to all of the participants for hosting such a fun night! The event was a great way to form a sense of community as well as keeping our families informed on the latest safety practices.
The Ogeechee Technical College Chapter of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held a fundraiser in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A Portion of their proceeds were donated to Safe Haven. We appreciate the members of NSLS for thinking of Safe Haven and for helping raise awareness about Domestic Violence.
In October 2013, Safe Haven opened it’s doors to a new program called the Rapid Re-Housing Program. It is designed to help those who are homeless transition into permanent housing. The primary goal is to stabilize a program participant in permanent housing as quickly as possible and to provide supportive services after the family or individual obtains housing.
This program is based on the “Housing First” approach to ending homelessness in America. It serves as an alternative to the system of emergency shelter and transitional housing progressions that we currently follow. Rather than moving homeless individuals through different “levels” of housing, known as the Continuum of Care, Housing First moves the homeless individual or household immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that 83 percent of formerly homeless or about-to-be homeless people who were put into rapid rehousing were still stably housed two years after their subsidies ended. Other agencies report similarly high rates.
Safe Haven is very excited to be implementing this new program and we look forward to many success stories in the future.
FACT: According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.