Hand Up Supportive Housing
Keeping Families Together in Supportive Housing
Families in HUSH get off the streets and into housing with support services and opportunities to learn life skills
Need & Purpose
The newest CHAT program is called "HUSH", Hand Up Supportive Housing, started in Spring 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 HUSH program is funded by 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.
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.
Delivering food to guests weekly
Friendship & Mentorship
Publicity and outreach
Transporting clients to appointments
Helping residents access support services