DuPagePads Housing Solutions: Housing Now
The DuPagePads Housing Now program assists clients who have secured income but face significant debt and cannot save money for a place to live. Compounding this issue, many landlords require a security deposit and first month’s rent for tenants with low credit scores. For people living in crisis, saving this amount of money can seem impossible.
Last year, the program served 39 individuals, including 12 children in 23 households. Of those served, 100% have maintained housing in the program.
Housing Now provides the first month’s rent and security deposit to families and individuals with income to move immediately into housing. The program also provides 12 months of case management after move-in to assist participants in budgeting and accessing community resources.
Housing Now clients are encouraged to participate in the DuPagePads Career Employment Solutions program, which networks with over 100 local employers to match clients’ skills and interests with career opportunities.
To ensure each household will be a success in the program, participants are screened for all eligible mainstream benefits, and 100% of participants gained or maintained income through employment or benefits.
Obtaining employment and gaining housing is a catalyst for positive life changes:
- Behaviors that lead to good health are promoted.
- Those who were homeless and now employed exhibit improved self-esteem.
- When all are housed, communities become safer.
- Tax payers experience major savings in areas including medical services and the criminal justice system.