Our shelter has worked to alleviate Yavapai County's growing need for an emergency shelter for homeless women and children. Homeless women and children are the most vulnerable in our community. PASS helps homeless women to gain the skills, resources and support to transition out of homelessness during their 90 days at the shelter. This happens through consistent case management, support programs, our volunteers and so much more.
Our Shelter provides the following services year-round: food, shelter, clothing, resources, and case management. Above all, we strive to ensure that every woman and child at the shelter feels safe and supported. Our vision is to imagine a community without homelessness, and that is why we continue to create support programs for the guests at the shelter. We expanded our services by completing the Shelter Expansion Project. This project added two studio rooms above our already existing community room, allowing us to serve at least eight more guests each night, specifically families with boys over 12 years old. We have served women and children since 2007, with sons age capping at 12 years old. We wanted to expand our services so that we can assist sons over 12 years of age, filling a gap in the community. Our expanded shelter a safe place for this homeless population, allowing the children to stay in school and nurture the support system they already have in place.
Homeless Transition Program:
The PASS Homeless Transition Project is based on the Housing First model, an approach that offers safe, permanent and affordable housing as quickly as possible. The project is designed to provide matching rent and utility deposits for guests participating in structured partner programming, including financial, landlord/tenant and parenting classes. The annual project goal is to assist 36 homeless adults, which includes families with children. Adults enroll in the project each month, participate in case management delivered by PASS staff, and work with at least three community organizations while completing program requirements. At the end of three months, if requirements have been met, PASS will match the funds saved by the guest, up to $1000 per family and $500 per individual, paid directly to their landlord.
Since project inception, in 2014, the PASS transition rate into permanent housing has increased significantly. It has proven beneficial for guests to know that their hard work will lead to assistance in moving into their own home, and it has allowed PASS to increase the number of guests served.