HUSH: Keeping Families Together
With A Dedicated Case Manager and Support Services
Our program called "HUSH", or Hand Up Supportive Housing, started in May 2019. This program provides subsidized rental housing for families with minor children. CHAT selects for this program homeless families who are most in need, as shown by their placement on the Coordinated Entry list, ranked by the government's Vulnerability Index (VI-SPADT).
The goal of this program is not only to place people into housing, and assist with funding to cover a portion of their rent, but also to provide services to enable people to improve their housing stability so that after the two-year grant period is over, they will be able to afford to maintain their housing on their own. The social services include weekly visits and guidance in budgeting, job readiness, goal setting, medical follow up, educational development, and learning to take the steps necessary to achieve their goals. CHAT also helps people get connected with services in the community that can help them with skills building, and helps them apply for any programs for which they may be eligible, such as veteran's benefits, or SSI.
The HUSH program started with funding from the California HEAP program, or Homeless Emergency Assistance Program. Butte County received almost $5,000,000 of HEAP funding, and CHAT was the recipient of $455,000 of that funding. That funding is due to expire at the end of May 2021. On 5/18/2021, the Chico city council voted to allocate just over $280,000 in federal CDBG funding to allow us to continue the HUSH program uninterrupted.
Delivering food to guests weekly
Friendship & Mentorship
Publicity and outreach
Transporting clients to appointments
Helping residents access support services