USM program to offer help for homeless women, children

USM program to offer help for homeless women, children

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Project Recovery Rapid Re-housing program administered by The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies is available to assist homeless families of women and children.

The program serves Forrest, Adams, Pike, Lauderdale and Marion counties. Project Recovery specializes in providing services for those individuals who qualify by assisting them with obtaining permanent housing and achieve a greater quality of life.

To participate:

1) Applicant must meet HUD's definition of literal definition of homelessness, including: living on the streets or sleeping in places not meant for human habitation such as cars, abandoned buildings, parks, etc. They may also have resided in domestic violence shelters or an emergency shelter.

2) Documentation for each program applicant on homeless status.

3) Applicant must show evidence they would be homeless but for this rental assistance.

4) Eligible families must also have the capacity to financially maintain housing and have a verifiable income such as employment, child support or social security.

5) Each applicant must provide a birth certificate, social security card and pay statements.

Supportive services provided to participants include:

1) Case Management

2) Short-term financial assistance for rent and deposits for up to three months.

3) Life skills training to include money and household management.

4) Supported employment service referrals.

5) Credit and budget counseling.

6) Individual renter education.

7) Referrals for community services and support.

Project Recovery is funded by Mississippi United to End Homelessness Continuum of Care Permanent Housing with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).