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Thursday, 14 December 2017

RLC Housing Supports

PRESENTATION Finding Shelter Through Peer Support 3What is 'peer support' as it relates to housing and homelessness?: People working in peer support and housing/homelessness are people who have faced homelessness and/or other challenges with housing themselves, along with a variety of other struggles. They know what it’s like to not have a home to return to at night, to live in shelters or other group living environments, and to navigate many systems on their way to getting back on their feet.

Most importantly, peer supporters working in housing are passionate about sharing what they’ve learned and using that wisdom to help others along their own journeys.

What does 'peer support' of this sort look like?: We have found that offering even five hours per week of a regularly scheduled, well-trained peer supporter at a multi-unit property can have substantial positive impact for both property managers and tenants alike.

Similarly, offering even a few hours per week of peer support at shelters or other environments where people living without homes are likely to be or gather can make a huge difference in people’s awareness of housing options and belief that it’s possible to move through such difficult spots in life.

And, of course, we also aim to offer support to individuals just reaching out on their own about housing options or related assistance as much as possible. Some specific supports offered include (but are not limited to):

  • One-on-one peer support
  • Support group facilitation
  • Tenant mediation
  • Coordination of community events designed to bring tenants together
  • Assistance filling out forms for health insurance and other relevant services
  • Assistance in developing payment plans and navigating housing court
  • Education about housing and tenancy rights and regulations
  • Advocacy and negotiation between residents and property managers
  • Information about current housing options
  • Connections to community resources
  • And more!

What are some of the observable outcomes that result from integrating peer support and housing/homelessness supports?:

  • Dramatically reduced eviction rates
  • Increased health insurance enrollment
  • Increased access to and effective use of health services
  • Increased sense of community among tenants
  • Reduced conflict between tenants              
  • Increased connection to community resources
  • Increased awareness of and successful application to housing options for individuals who are living without a home
  • Improved quality of life

 

 Want to know more? Call 413.539.8603, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or download a copy of our 'Finding Shelter Through Peer Support' brochure

 

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