Read the real life stories of some of our past program participants.
WE HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOME TO FIND HOUSING. EntryPoint: Homeless people can be isolated, ashamed, and scared to ask for help.
Through our Outreach programs, we find homeless people wherever they are, we listen to their stories, and we strategize with them on solutions to their homelessness.
At our Drop-In Center, we welcome people off the streets and provide basic necessities like food, clothing, showers, and access to computers and telephones. As we get to know them, we learn what else they may need.
When necessary, we refer people to our community partners for specialized services.
Case Management: Many homeless people need help preparing to come off the streets.
We assess people’s needs and coordinate all their care – assisting them in obtaining missing identification documents, applying for benefits, and navigating the systems and bureaucracies that lie between them and getting housed.
We measure progress and provide encouragement during our regular, ongoing meetings with participants.
Re-Housing: It’s a complex process to find and secure housing that fits one’s budget.
We search for affordable housing and develop relationships with landlords.
We partner with participants through the sometimes daunting application processes for apartments or rental vouchers.
We advocate for people in need with landlords and educate them about their rights and responsibilities as tenants.
We provide security deposits, first-month’s rent, and subsequent rent payments if needed (and when funding is available).
Shelter Services: When housing is not yet available, homeless people need a place to stay.
Housing on the North Shore is in short supply, and what is available is often unaffordable for many.
Through Hilda’s Place, our overnight shelter, we provide beds for up to 20 people at a time who are working to find housing they can afford.