What is Beyond Shelter
A program to prevent the recurrence of homelessness
by providing coordinated follow-up services to property
owners and households leaving shelters for permanent
housing. A voluntary partnership between family and
landlord which has an average success rate of 90%
since its introduction in 2000.
A "Housing Coordinator" is the primary service provider,
who begins by screening households that wish to participate.
The household must have income to meet housing costs and
be willing to work in partnership with the Housing Coordinator
and their landlord.
The Housing Coordinator works to foster housing stability
through early intervention in problems that could result in
homelessness and by teaching tenants the skills they need
to retain housing. Beyond Shelter households will benefit
from the varied menu of community resources already in
place to overcome past housing barriers.
Once accepted into the program, a household may
be assisted in their housing search, to negotiate
a lease, and to obtain household furnishings.
Supportive services are considered toward
achieving a good quality of community life and
can include tenant education, money management,
child-care resources, medical care, career
development. Each household will be encouraged
to use self-advocacy and develop a positive social
network. The Housing Coordinator will follow up
with home visits that are respectful of time and
Assisting Property Owners
The Housing Coordinator will also work directly
with property owners to discuss tenancy and
lease issues that threaten housing stability.
They will establish a process for early dialogue
about concerns and work with individual property
owners to create a positive history of problem
Landlords will receive assistance in matching
renters to units and benefit from tenant
education on landlord/tenant rights and
responsibilities including timely payment of rent.
How Beyond Shelter Works Beyond Shelter participants and the Housing Coordinator
develop a practical, realistic case action plan, discuss
tenant/landlord responsibilities, conduct housing search,
develop personal budget, plan for pre/post moving day
issues, establish utility accounts, acquire household items,
make referrals for medical, mental health, education,
employment, child care, legal counsel, and other needed
services that can effect the success of independent living.
Everybody Should Have A Home