Jenna's House is an interim Housing Project is being designed to provide a safe and accepting environment for our homeless population, often having been kicked out and rejected by their families due to their sexual orientation, or having to overcome an addiction or mental health issue. The hopes are that the home can house up to six adults for up to 18 months who are receiving services and supports that will:
· Assist them in finding permanent, safe and stable housing
· Gain employment skills and/or employment such as job assessment, training, job search skills, mentoring, job placement and interpersonal skills
· Promote permanent connections as a means to develop a safety net of support to prevent re-entry into homelessness
· Support local, integrated approaches to meet the needs, particularly with co-morbid mental health and substance abuse problems
Additionally, they may receive domestic violence prevention and education, sexual assault advocacy, independent living skills training, substance abuse treatment, legal counseling, brokerage of family reconnection or reunification, leadership training, recreation and aftercare services.
We will embrace local programs to assist us (with the expectation that program staff and management will be required to pass Safe Zone training, and the agencies have a written inclusive Non Discrimination policy), that works to prevent health and mental health risks for the LGBTQ+ community including suicide, homelessness and HIV in the context of their families, culture and faith community.
This model will also serve to reconnect or reunify people with their families.
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