It is critical to provide intervention services for individuals and families when they become homeless, but it is also imperative that we work to prevent homelessness. Preventing homelessness happens in a number of ways, through rapid rehousing and homeless prevention funding, but also intervention in the lives of youth and children before they transition into adulthood.
SSPADS is proud to be the South Suburban Rapid Re-Housing provider for the Homeless Prevention Rapid-Re-Housing Program as a subrecipient of the Alliance to End Homelessness - Cook County, along with a number of other agencies. In December of 2009, we place our first tenant through Rapid Re-Housing funding and over the next three years of the grant, we were able to secure housing for 100 households! In 2012, SSPADS was awarded funds from Cook County under the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) under the Rapid Re-Housing component. Under this funding we were able to assist 13 families in securing housing. In FY2013, we assisted 59 households including several veterans.
While there is no doubt that providing funding to rapidly re-house individuals and families is critical, SSPADS also knows its important to try and prevent future generations of youth and children from becoming homeless as well. The time is now to work diligently to ensure they have equal education, medical care and other social needs met.