Housing Support Services
Housing Support Services is to help clients find permanent, affordable housing and to increase their income and skills so they can become independent and successful members of our community.
HSS offers free housing crisis intervention and support for homeless and low-income families and individuals in a caring, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive environment. We attempt to provide the maximum assistance possible based on our available resources and funding.
Our goal is to provide each client facing a housing crisis with comprehensive wraparound services tailored to meet their individual needs. Depending on need, program staff assists with obtaining emergency or short-term housing, eviction prevention, mediations with landlords, budgeting, securing employment, and increasing a client’s income and skills. Additionally, program staff provides information and referral services, short-term crisis counseling, limited financial assistance when funding is available, and coordination of services with other agencies serving families and individuals in crisis.
The Transitional Housing Program provides shelter and services to homeless families and individuals from Goodhue County. Families enrolled in the program can live in one of three apartments for up to 24 months. The program is goal-oriented, and each client meets with a case manager weekly to work on finding permanent housing, stable employment, building their credit history and learning skills to ease their transition back into the community. The case manager also provides support, advocacy services and referrals.
Skills for Life
Skills for Life is a life-skills curriculum offered by the Housing Support Services that assists clients with budgeting, obtaining permanent housing and employment. This service is open to all residents of Goodhue County who are struggling to make ends meet.
Community Care Fund
The Community Care Fund is a collaboration of local faith-based organizations, local foundations and the United Way who contribute to a general fund distributed to those in need. The fund helps Goodhue County residents who are in crisis and unable to pay for general necessities or living expenses such as rent, food, utilities or transportation. The fund is distributed on an emergency basis and is able to assist approximately 35 families each month.
Housing Assessment and Release Planning (GCADC)
Inmates at the Goodhue County Jail who have been homeless or will be homeless upon release may choose to meet with a HOPE Housing Advocate to attempt to resolve their housing issue before they are released from jail.