Housing Opportunities for the Homeless

Families and Singles-Permanent Supportive Housing

CSDC partners with the Office of Behavioral Health and the Delaware County Housing Authority to provide housing vouchers to persons experiencing homelessness. Through various housing processes with the Continuum of Care and Coordinated Entry homeless singles and families are identified and referred to FCSDC to be assisted to identify safe and affordable housing. FCDSC provides intensive case management services to single adults or families with children who have been homeless and are in recovery from mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

Singles- Permanent Supportive Housing

Through a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant and partnership with Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, FCSDC provides supportive housing for single homeless participants who suffer from mental health and/or substance abuse. Selected candidates are provided ongoing financial assistance in the form of rental subsidy vouchers that can be used to secure a housing with an account incentive. Through intensive case management clients are assisted with budgeting, household management, job training, and employment support.

Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing

FCSDC partner with Delaware County Office of Behavioral Heath to provide a Joint Transitional-Housing and Rapid Rehousing at A New Day at RMH for 10 homeless males with multiple barriers such as mental health and/or substance abuse, low or zero income, and physical disabilities, to name a few. Residential Counselors provide 24-hour assistance to residents during the 90-day Transitional Housing Program; there is opportunity to learn basic life skills, budgeting, healthy eating and exercise, and other topics to improve quality of life and live independently and self-sufficiently.

The Housing Case Manager assist participants with housing locator and based on individually assessments provide short term financial assistance with the goal of increasing income and residence in the community. These individuals receive intensive case management to support their goals of independence and sustainable housing.

SOAR 4U Team and Case Management

The SOAR effort in Delaware County is an initiative designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Through the application of Delaware County’s Continuums of Care, FCSDC received a collaborative grant through Home4Good funding offered annually by FHL Bank Pittsburgh to provide persons who are homeless with assistance to complete Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income application processes. With the collaboration of Family and Community Service of Delaware County and Mental Health Partnerships, and a consulting attorney services will be provided to individuals and families identified through Coordinated Entry. Persons who are homeless and identified as disabled mentally and physically will be assisted through the application process with the goal approval, increasing their incomes and linking them to community resources such as mental health providers, medical providers, housing opportunities, and other community resources.

Intern Collaboration

Manor College – We currently have interns from Manor College who are, through supervision, encouraged to learn, experience, and building character though helping and providing service to others.

Harcum College – We are working with Harcum College to implement Interns into several of our programs.

Widener University – We have long years of relationship with Widener College; students have provided a wealth of services and participation in various aspects of our agency.