The REACH Center has been awarded a new grant through N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness to provide leadership around the Coordinated Entry process for N.C. Balance of State Continuum of Care.
Funding for the grant was allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Supportive Services Only Coordinated Entry grant through the Continuum of Care program.
According to the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness, the purpose of this funding is to improve the effectiveness of the N.C. Balance of State Continuum of Care’s coordinated entry system so more people experiencing homelessness have access to services. The system is easy to navigate, and households move quickly from homelessness to permanent housing.
The REACH Center will take the lead in these efforts to support and improve the coordinated entry infrastructure for Region 9, which includes Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Northampton, Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties.
Some of the services offered through the grant include holding regular case conferencing calls with agencies to review a list of people seeking housing and developing a plan of care; ensuring all participating agencies follow written standards set by the COC and Regional Committee; providing case management such as assessments, crisis counseling, connection to resources, etc.; and providing outreach to meet urgent physical needs such as meals, blankets, clothes, toiletries, etc.
“We have been actively involved in strategy calls around homelessness prevention and affordable housing across the state,” said Trishonda Robinson, executive director of The REACH Center. “We’re excited to be offered this opportunity to provide leadership and support to how people experiencing or at risk for homelessness can better access services for our region.”
The REACH Center will also continue to serve as one of the rehousing agencies for Region 9, offering Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing programs.
Homelessness Prevention programs provide temporary rental and utility assistance to households at imminent risk of becoming homeless and without options for living with family, friends or other support networks.
Rapid Re-housing programs help move homeless individuals and families quickly into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.
For more information about The REACH Center and housing services, visit www.myreachnc.com or call 252-937-2942.
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