NAEH has posted an audio confernce on Designing a Local Housing Subsidy Program. Housing subsidies are a key ingredient in ending family homelessness. Unfortunately, federal subsidies are scarce and difficult to obtain. Programs are responding by developing their own subsidy programs, including short-term, shallow, and declining subsidies. This audio conference will feature Beth Stokes, executive director of Hamilton Family Services. She will discuss First Avenues: Housing Solutions for Families, a shallow subsidy program in San Francisco, CA.
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The First Avenues Program (260 Golden Gate Avenue, SF 94102) helps families meet their most fundamental need: permanent housing. Our staff works with families in our three residential programs, as well as families from other San Francisco based shelters, to clear eviction and credit problems, follow a savings plan, secure rental units, and access move-in grants. Families continue to benefit from services and support for a full year after they leave shelter. Throughout the year, case managers provide personal direction and help link families to resources in their new neighborhoods such as counseling, child care, health care, parenting classes and alcohol/substance abuse support groups.