Emergency shelter homeless assistance program (eshap)
Emergency Shelter Homeless Assistance Program is our primary program to assist guests with attaining housing subsidies, finding apartments, and maintaining housing. The program is operated and maintained by our programming department including, a 35 hour and a 25 hour Navigator positions. Our Housing Navigators meet with guests after they move out of the shelter to ensure housing stability. This year we have provided ESHAP services (which include both in- and out-of shelter supports) to 202 people with a success rate of 95% housed for at least a full year.
Rent Smart is a renter’s education program, developed at the University of Wisconsin to assist students with increasing their ability to maintain housing stability and to become good tenants and neighbors. The class is taught at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter by our Housing Navigators and Case Managers. This year we have expanded Rent Smart to include instruction in money management. We believe Rent Smart is an integral part of our guests’ success.
targeted homeless case management
Targeted Homeless Case Management is a Maine Care funded service offered at our shelter in order to provide assistance to our guests in attaining necessary community services. Some examples of the services coordinated by our Case Managers are Maine Care, TANF, Primary Medical Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health Services, Children’s Services, Adult Education, Substance Abuse Treatment and Support, Transportation Services, Youth Supports, as well as many others. THCM services have been delivered to nearly 300 guests in 2016 by two 35 hour a week and two 20 hour a week Case managers.
programs new in 2016
Building family futures
Building Family Futures is a homeless prevention pilot program funded by Maine State Housing. 10 families in jeopardy of losing their housing applied for and were selected to participate in programming including our Rent Smart education and Financial Skills Training as well as agreeing to Navigation Services. Our Navigators work with the families to increase their housing stability, income, and housing supports. Outcomes for this program will be available at the end of 2017.
Pathways to opportunity (PTO)
Pathways to Opportunities is a program focusing on assisting homeless youth with attaining their housing, education, and career goals through a partnership with Good Will Hinckley (KVCC) and the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. The program utilizes an Education Navigator from GWH as well as a Youth Navigator for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter to focus on assisting young adults 18 through 24 with increasing their marketability by attaining technical training in our local tertiary schools. We have started 2017 with 5 participants and expect the program to grow rapidly.