Housing First Program
PHFS helps families experiencing homelessness move quickly back into homes. We believe that housing is a human right, and we subscribe to the Housing First Philosophy. Our Housing First Program has two components:
We help families keep their housing long-term. We provide support to families for 12 months after they move into housing. We help families create action plans to balance their budget, connect to their new community, increase their income by getting jobs and education, and learn new skills they can use to keep their housing.
We help families move quickly back into permanent housing, usually within a couple of months of meeting them. Most families move into market rate apartments. PHFS helps families pay security deposits and up to 12 months of rent assistance to help families settle into their new homes.
This program is designed to divert people from entering the Homeless Family System by helping newly homeless families get back into housing immediately without waiting on any waitlists and by preventing families who are about to become homeless from losing their housing in the first place. All the families that we work with in our Diversion Program have an income, so they are able to maintain their housing after they receive PHFS' support. We are thrilled to expand our services to help families faster than ever.