Supportive housing is a critical stabilizing factor within the lives of the people HATAS helps. The reasons that members of our community struggle with homelessness are as diverse as our community itself, and we learned a long time ago that a one-size-fits-all solution simply doesn’t provide the level of assistance we strive to provide.
As a result, our supportive housing program is the cornerstone of providing compassionate, meaningful, and effective aid to members of our community.
Supportive housing, however, isn’t the only piece of the puzzle. Providing housing for people struggling with homelessness doesn’t magically resolve the situation, and it isn’t a permanent solution. When we take the long view of how best to help our clients, HATAS looks at the ways in which we help people both before and after they are placed in a housing unit.
Our goal is to put our clients into a position where they will no longer need to be our clients.
Having a place to live, but no job to pay rent means the place won’t be yours for very long. Similarly, before having a stable home, mental health issues and substance abuse behaviors require attention.
This path to independence is known as the continuum of care.
The continuum of care at HATAS is a series of stages that our clients move through to gain stability within their lives and to leave homelessness behind them. At the beginning of the continuum are short-term relief programs designed to help people who are in need right now.
As clients progress through the stages of the continuum, the programs are designed to provide longer term solutions. Supportive housing is one of these solutions.
While the continuum of care is a standardized and widely accepted approach to combating, reducing, and preventing homelessness, ultimately HATAS helps people. The continuum of care provides us with an effective blueprint we use to ensure that every person who comes through our doors gets the assistance they deserve, but not all of our clients fit the mold so to speak.
We take pride in our ability to identify the best ways to help clients.
Some may skip stages along the continuum, while others may need a more intensive, detail-oriented approach. It is this personal touch and client-centric approach that sets HATAS apart and makes us a leader within the community.