Established in 2014, Home Now is a rapid re-housing assistance program designed to help single adults quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Rapid re-housing assistance is offered without precondition (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are tailored to the needs of the individual.
Unlike our Neighbors First Individuals, Home Now is designed to focus on the needs of single adults who do not have minors in their care, and who are experiencing literal homelessness, such as living in a shelter, car or on the street. This program is intended to serve individuals who would remain or become homeless “but for” these services. Amount and length of assistance vary case-by case, based on the individual needs of the participant, but typically last 3-6 months.
In 2017, Friendship Place’s Home Now program ended homelessness for 302 individuals with a successful exit rate of 72 percent.
Home Now returns single adults who experiencing homelessness to permanent housing by:
- Assisting to find and secure appropriate, market-rate rental housing by recruiting landlords who can provide housing opportunities.
- Providing assistance to cover security deposits, and the rental and/or utility requirements necessary to support individuals through their transition into stable, permanent housing.
- Helping participants identify and select a permanent housing option that fits their unique needs, preferences, and financial resources.
- Helping to address issues that may impede access to housing (such as a bad credit history, rent in arrears, and legal issues).
- Negotiate manageable, appropriate lease agreements with landlords.
- Making available to individuals the services and supports needed to allow them to stabilize quickly in permanent housing.
- Monitoring housing stability and assisting in resolving crises.
- Providing or assisting households in developing connections to resources that will help them to improve their safety, their well-being, and to achieve their long-term goals.
- Single adults who are experiencing homelessness.
- Must be experiencing literal homelessness (i.e., not couchsurfing or staying with a relative).
- Household income (gross) under 50% Area Median Income (AMI)
- Must complete a VI-SPDAT through the DC Coordinated Entry system.
Where We Serve?
Home Now serves single adults in Washington D.C.
To become a participant in the Home Now program, individuals must complete an assessment through the DC Coordinated Entry system. Friendship Place staff at the Welcome Center complete assessment on and off site. To begin the assessment process, call us at 202.364.1419 or visit our Welcome Center.
For more information about the program, call us at 202.364.1419 or email us at email@example.com.