REACH Advocacy was established in 2015 when 30 community volunteers opened and operated a housing-first, low-barrier, emergency winter shelter for adults experiencing chronic homelessness. Many of our guests had not been successful in other shelters. Our successful experience operating transitional winter shelters led us to work toward systemic solutions to a housing crisis that leaves too many people in our region without affordable housing options. Since 2015 REACH has developed a threefold mission to shelter housing-deprived adults in the winter, create genuinely affordable supportive housing, and change the narrative to view housing as a human right.
Our current projects include:
Affordable Housing: REACH Tiny Home Village
REACH Tiny Home Village, a program of REACH Advocacy, is creating an innovative and collaborative solution to the lack of affordable housing for people living below 30% of the Area's Median Income and homeless or 50% rent-burdened. We plan to build twelve tiny homes on slab foundations, meeting all City codes and providing stable, safe, affordable rental homes for our target population.
The REACH Tiny Home Village addresses the systemic issue of permanent, affordable housing options for people in extreme poverty. We plan to do this by infilling a vacant City-owned property with twelve tiny homes on vacant land at 2-12 Clarence Park in an area of the city that experienced the financial inequities of redlining. Each code-compliant, ADA-accessible, energy-efficient home of 384 sq. ft. will include a kitchen, bathroom, and living/sleeping space.
The Village will have a resident manager, supportive services, a community meeting space, off-street parking, bike lockers, and a community garden. We will provide job training and educational opportunities for young people living in the city. The students will assist with constructing the Village. Practical application of construction skills to create affordable tiny homes will help prepare young urban students to be job-ready at the end of their training.
Project Haven (The REACH Shelter Program)
Project HAVEN is designed to accommodate residents who have experienced chronic homelessness and generally ricocheted through our community's most expensive resources. For example: Emergency Departments, EMT services, police, jails, courts, emergency shelters, detox centers, and acute inpatient psychiatric units.
Services will include but are not limited to safe emergency housing, transitional housing, substance abuse recovery housing, rooming houses (in sober and non-sober environments), and independent living apartments. Upon entering the Project HAVEN collaborative, the need to utilize these expensive community resources will be significantly reduced as clients will work with a Project HAVEN case manager who will serve as a guide to navigate the agencies and services available.
We focus on: Human Services
Where we are: Monroe
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