Homeless Services

Healthcare for the Homeless, Homeless Housing, and Organizational Representative Payee Service (ORP)

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Project Description

Homeless Services: Healthcare for the Homeless, Homeless Housing, and Organizational Representative Payee Service (ORP) available at the OhioMeansJobs-Lawrence County One Stop Center

120 North Third Street Ironton, OH 45638

740-532-3140

  OPERATING HOURS

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cindy Anderson, Director

canderson@ilcao.org
Phone: 740-532-3534 Ext. 12031
Fax: 740-532-5489

Shirlene G. Dalton, HCH & ORP Outreach Representative

sdalton@ilcao.org
Phone: 740-532-3140 Ext. 1247
Fax: 740-533-9245

Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP)

The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) helps individuals and families to break free from homelessness. Homeless households are rapidly moved out of emergency shelter or homelessness and into permanent housing.

This program serves individuals and families who would likely remain homeless without assistance. Assistance is provided to help households obtain affordable housing and increase self-sufficiency.

Compliance with case management is a requirement to receive assistance.

HCRP does not provide long-term rent or mortgage assistance. It is not intended to serve those who need long-term and/or intensive support.

Homeless Crisis Response Program Services

The goal of the HCRP program is to promote housing stability. Every household assisted by the program is provided case management to help them identify needs, establish a safe living situation, and to create a plan that connects them to the resources needed to help them obtain and maintain housing.

Each household’s case plan may include:

  • Case management
  • Referrals to housing opportunities
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Referrals to employment and/or training educational opportunities
  • Assistance with applying for Job and Family Services Benefits
  • Budgeting assistance

Rent and Security Deposits

HCRP may be able to assist with rent and security deposits

Utility Deposits

HCRP may be able to assist with utility deposits

Housing Search and Placement

HCRP staff attempts to assist all households with locating affordable housing whenever possible. However, there is no guarantee in our ability to locate housing for everyone.

WHO IS SERVED

Individuals and families who have:

  • Income from employment, other sources, or a plan to sustain financially
  • No other housing options such as family or friends
  • Lack the financial resources and support networks needed to obtain immediate housing
  • Head of household who is at least 18 years of age

Rapid Re-Housing (RH) Program

Designed to provide financial assistance and case management to enable literally homeless individuals and homeless families to become and remain stably housed

Must meet literal homeless definition:

  • Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (car, tent, etc.)
  • Residing in an emergency shelter
  • Timing out from a homeless continuum of care transitional housing program.
  • In hospital or institution for up to 90 days (but homeless prior to entry )
  • Fleeing Domestic Violence.
  • Living in a motel/hotel paid by federal, state or local government programs, or paid by charitable organizations

Required Documentation

Once you have an appointment with a case manager please bring the following documents with you:

  • Photo I.D.
  • Written proof of all income for everyone in household received during past 90 days
  • Wages
  • Child Support
  • TANF Assistance
  • Disability Assistance
  • Unemployment
  • SS, SSI, & SSDI Income
  • VA Pension
  • Insurance cards for all household members and food stamp verification
  • Proof of residency; including eviction notice, shelter referral, proof of address, landlord agreements or other documentation
  • Social Security cards of family members
  • Birth certificates for all family members
  • Recent statements for all financial accounts such as checking and savings accounts.
  • Other documentation may be required for approval.

Transitional Housing Program (TH)

Helps individuals and families with higher barriers, to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs, by homeless individuals/families and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals/families experiencing homelessness.

Homeless households work with a Case Manger to move out of emergency shelter or homelessness and into permanent housing, through short-term rental assistance with wrap-around supportive services to assist the household with the skills necessary to keep and maintain permanent housing.

This program serves individuals and families who would likely remain homeless without assistance. Assistance is provided to help households obtain affordable housing and increase self-sufficiency.

Compliance with case management is a requirement to receive assistance.

TH does not provide long-term rent or mortgage assistance. It is not intended to serve those who need long-term and/or intensive support.

Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH-SPC)

Assistance to individuals with disabilities and families in which one adult has a disability. Supportive services designed to meet the needs of the program participants must be made available to the program participant. Disabled means: is expected to be long-continued and indefinite duration, substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently and is of such a nature that the disability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions. Homeless households work with a Case Mangers to move out of emergency shelter or homelessness and into permanent housing, through long-term rental assistance with wrap-around supportive services to assist the household with the skills necessary to keep and maintain permanent housing.

This program serves individuals and families who would likely remain homeless without assistance. Assistance is provided to help households obtain affordable housing and increase self-sufficiency.

Organizational Representative Payee Service (ORP)

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Representative Payment service provides assistance to the most vulnerable members of society-the young, the elderly, and the disabled, who are unable to manage their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

SSA pays these people through representative payees who receive and manage payments on behalf of beneficiaries. For a small segment of the population, traditional networks of support are not available, and SSA looks to state, local or community sources to fill the need. These sources are called Organizational Representative Payees.

Ironton-Lawrence County CAO’s Homeless Services is an Organizational Payee for the Social Security Administration’s SSA service. A representative payee receives and manages the beneficiary’s payments and uses the funds for the care and benefit of the beneficiary. The ORP service sees that a beneficiary’s Social Security benefit is spent for the beneficiary’s current and reasonably foreseeable needs, saved or invested for the beneficiary, if the current needs are met, and that good records are maintained in those efforts.

Our Health Care for the Homeless Service estimates that there are more than 900 homeless people living in Lawrence County.

Healthcare For The Homeless

Homelessness continues to be a pervasive problem throughout this country, affecting rural as well as urban and suburban communities. Lawrence County is no exception to national trends. Bad economic conditions due to job loss, mental health/substance abuse, and disability are pervasive here too. We have seen the loss of huge numbers of manufacturing jobs, which has contributed to our rising number of homeless individuals and families. Ironton-Lawrence County CAO coordinates a pilot service providing health care and related services to rural and Appalachian individuals, who are homeless. All services, including adult and pediatric medicine, dental, optical, podiatry, mental health, substance abuse, transportation, and pharmaceuticals are provided by contract. Outreach services assist difficult-to-reach homeless persons in accessing care and providing assistance in establishing eligibility for entitlement services and housing. Local churches and the City Mission provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter.