Our mission is to humanize the homeless by providing dignity in a bag and prioritize lives
that may not typically qualify for support through government programs.
Dear Prospective Partner:
In 2018, my son, who had recovered from schizophrenia and returned to working full-time six years prior, lapsed into homelessness after being denied temporary shelter due to his unemployment check being $40 short of the agency requirement. Unable to qualify or receive any financial support, my son lived from his car in Kiwanis Park for one year. This experience opened my eyes to the truth about homelessness. It also introduced me to my calling, and Dsquared Homes for The Homeless was birthed in April 2019.
Our funding request is for our new pilot program, The GAP, which includes a partnership with a private homeless shelter. This partnership allows us to can identify and assist underserved populations with housing-related resources and homelessness prevention.
Approximately eighty percent of their unsheltered clients are obligated to pay the move-in costs (application fee, deposits, etc.) and can only receive up to $500 in assistance towards the first month’s rent. The average disability check is $800, which is not enough to cover move-in expenses, even in an affordable housing unit.
The system is broken, and under the current rapid rehousing systems, chronically homeless individuals are prioritized to receive referrals for most of the financial assistance programs available.
They often receive repeated allotments of housing assistance without receiving the wrap-around services needed to increase their chances of success. Unfortunately, that prevents any increase in the assistance available to those experiencing a temporary setback who only require minimal help to return to productive members of society.
Most others, individuals facing eviction, experiencing homelessness for the first time, or not deemed to be chronically homeless, are left to compete for the few limited-funding resources remaining. Consequently, individuals who could quickly become fully self-sufficient again, like my son, receive either minimal housing assistance or none at all.
For employed individuals, income limits on many grant programs classify anyone working full time earning state minimum wage as being over-income. People become discouraged from seeking employment, knowing they’d be cut off from any safety net while not able to make enough to cover just the average monthly rent, let alone survive on their own.
Our program is vital for all these individuals who have fallen through the cracks in the current system. We become that safety net, slowly chipping away at the repetitive pattern of recycling homelessness while also strengthening the economy, as people are willing and able to return to the workforce. Our unsheltered friends receive assistance with application fees, move-in fees, and security deposits so they can return to a life of purpose. Your sponsorship would provide our neighbors with the essentials needed for success, which starts with housing stability.
Your partnership helps sets them up for success and affords the opportunity to regain a life of purpose while strengthening the economy!
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