Housing Up develops affordable housing and offers comprehensive support services to nearly 800 homeless and low-income families – building thriving communities and empowering families to transform their lives. Rapid re-housing for those first experiencing homelessness, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, and affordable rental housing for low-income, working families means a safe place to live. As a "housing first" organization, Housing Up believes that safe, affordable housing is the first and most important step on the road to independence and stability. Once families are safely housed, comprehensive services follow: job readiness and life skills training, employment and career counseling, mental health support, and youth enrichment programs such as gardening, art clubs, and tutoring. The goal is to make homelessness “rare, brief, and nonrecurring”.
Contact has been virtual since mid-March, but Housing Up continues to provide essential support to its clients, connecting them with health resources (including mental health), providing food, household, and other essential items, and helping with access to local and federal support programs. Dedicated volunteers and community partners continue to help as well, tutoring children virtually, delivering meals, and providing access to food banks. Job loss and the resulting loss of income among more than 20 percent of families is likely to increase as the scope of the emergency grows.