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ESC Annual Report 2018

HOUSING & ENERGY

HOUSING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS provide housing solutions along with services that homeless families request to assist them handle problems and issues such as mental health, physical disabilities, addictions or lack of skills and education that caused them to lose control over the decisions affecting their lives, thereby creating the homeless situation. Through support, networking and positive relationships these families can once again be active, participating citizens of their community. As you can see from the charts provided, The Homeless Coalition is making an impact in our communities in ending homelessness. 99% OF HOMELESS THAT EXIT TO PERMANENT HOUSING ARE MAINTAINING THEIR HOMES. Transitional Housing Family strengthening paired with case management, support for obtaining employment, education and housing goals are just some of the opportunities offered in Economic Security Corporation’s (ESC) Transitional Housing for Homeless Families with Children. Families for this program are referred from area shelters, social service agencies, the faith-based community and other local resources. Selection criteria includes: families must have custody of their children, be defined as homeless by HUD’s definition and income eligible. All adults must work with a case manager at least one hour per week on their family strengthening plan. They are required to work toward obtaining a GED if they do not have one and work toward obtaining full-time employment. Other education goals can include higher education options. In addition to family strengthening and goal attainment, ESC subsidizes a portion of each family’s rent for up to two years, as long as they are in working on their family strengthening goals and qualify. We own two 2-bedroom duplexes in Joplin and partner with Wilhoit Properties for four 2-bedroom units in the south Joplin area, as well as four 2-bedroom units in the downtown Joplin area. The program has been successful in the community, including property managers and private landlords. ESC also partners with several area churches that “adopt” some of our families while they are in 22

HOUSING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS the program. Most develop a close relationship and even when the family moves on, the faithbased partners maintain their close relationship thus building social capital for families too. Education and literacy is very important with our Transitional Housing Families. We encouraged our families to find an appropriate child development opportunity such as Head Start, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers and/or The Alliance of Southwest Missouri to engage with. School age children are encouraged to have good attendance, good grades and low behavior issues so school becomes a positive environment and parents are encouraged to participate with school activities. Here is the impact Transitional Housing made during the 2016-17 program year. ESC engaged 23 families. Of the 23 Families, 15 families achieved success, which is characterized as improving their income and maintaining permanent housing. Eight families are still engaged with the Transitional Housing opportunity. Out of the 15 families who achieved success: • 73% moved into permanent housing • 66% obtained fulltime employment • 90% maintained full-time employment for 90 days • 71% of families obtained an Earned Income Tax Credit Success Story FOUND HER COURAGE…NOT ME ANYMORE! Fortunately, once Staci gathered the courage for her and her child to escape domestic violence, she found Lafayette House and Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC). In turn, they connected Staci to ESC’s Transitional Housing for Homeless Families and Children services. She was receiving food stamps, had no savings, and barely made it from month to month. She knew she wanted something better for her family and she had a dream of becoming a NICU nurse. So she enrolled in higher education to become a Registered Nurse. Staci drove back and forth to school each day while continuing to live in Joplin. Staci had another setback when she lost her unemployment. Refusing to go on TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) she began advertising to clean homes as a way to earn a living. Staci has never received any child support from her childrens’ father; she has taken care of them herself. She and her children are very close and are a great example of a united family. After graduating from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M University with her associate’s degree in Nursing, she was hired working full-time in Wichita, KS at Wesley Hospital. Staci is no longer receiving any state entitlements and has a monthly income of 4,160 and this is just her starting wage. In addition, she has full medical and life insurance as well as retirement benefits. Staci is now living closer to her family; her dad and one of her grown daughters live in Wichita, KS. Staci’s youngest child is in grade school and will get to spend time with her Grandpa instead of a babysitter while at work. 23

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