If I could earn a living as an owner of a non-traditional transitional housing shelter provider, that could help change the lives of many families that are involuntarily displaced or evicted.
I would provide housing for up to 10 families for a 6 month “transitional” period. My establishment would provide counseling, childcare, transportation, meals as well as, assistance with clothing and personal items. I would also assist with lost documents, such as: birth certificates, social security cards and identification cards for those who can not obtain employment without these documents. In addition we will also assist with referrals to employment agencies and other referrals for legal assistance if needed.
The services will be in a three phase method…the first two months: the goal is to obtain all documents needed to obtain employment and/ or benefits. The second two months: the goal will be to obtain part-time or full time employment or be in the process of receiving benefits. We will provide the transportation, messaging service, internet access, workplace meals and the childcare. The final two months : the goal is to receive a certificate of completion of the program and be issued checks for rental and utility assistance made payable to the landlord and Utility Service provider for 3 months in the completion of the housing assistance program and in exiting our self sufficiency program.
The program will not be restricted to anyone over the age of 18 or restricted to any sex, race, religion or ethnic background. The program does have a set of guideline rules that must be maintained and adhered to for program acceptance and retention. Any violation of the rules may be subject to release or forfeit of the program.
By providing these services we will also be open to all donations of any monetary condition. Donations are open to all individuals and organizations that wish to donate.
I would apply for many grants, network with other non-profit organizations and obtain the correct training that is needed in order to organize this idea, and in order to obtain the funds that would make this dream a reality.