First Things First
First things first… Build the foundation.
Welcome to the first Anawim E-newsletter of the year. It’s not original to discuss foundational topics or origin stories in the New Year, and yet it feels applicable and essential to return to the Why of what we do at Anawim Housing.
For 35 years, Anawim Housing has been a local leader in affordable housing- working tirelessly to end homelessness and ensure the most vulnerable in our community have a safe place to call home. We know having a safe, stable and affordable place to call home is foundational for growing children and families. Families who aren’t overly rent burdened experience less stress and have more time to engage in life affirming activities. Children with stable housing are sick less and have better educational outcomes. Housing is the building block for their brighter future.
Individuals who are chronically homeless – who don’t have a safe and stable place to live- can’t address health or mental health needs, they are disconnected from family supports and utilize higher cost emergency services than those who have permanent supportive housing. After being placed in our permanent housing, Anawim supports life transformations. Program managers meet each person where they are at, providing customized support and utilizing proven methods to help them overcome their barriers. With this support they are able to create their versions of a happy and healthy life.
Anawim Housing operates our Permanent Supportive Housing programs under the Housing First model. The core belief of Housing First is that everyone is housing-ready. Removing barriers to housing is effective in rapidly placing people into housing. Programs which serve people experiencing homelessness need to offer flexible and responsive services. In Housing First, people experiencing homelessness do not have to earn their housing. This differs from the old service model of training people to become “housing ready” that proved ineffective and was ultimately abandoned by HUD and service providers. As Anawim Housing has become more committed to Housing First fidelity, our success rates of helping people maintain housing stability have greatly increased. Program managers meet frequently to discuss how to reduce barriers and employ harm reduction strategies in order to support our tenants in housing. Meeting people where they are at in their lives and partnering with them to achieve goals seems to be such an easy idea, but commitment to this idea and infusing it throughout the organization is a real paradigm shift.
We believe every person deserves a safe place to call home. We believe housing is healthcare. We believe housing is a human right. We know Housing ends Homelessness.