Hand Up Housing
WHP provides nine-months of comprehensive case management services including an assessment of needs, development of a self-sufficiency plan, constant monitoring, and advocacy. Families are placed in scattered apartment complexes within the SBISD area, which ensures that the children remain in the same schools for the entire school year. While clients work on their individual goals and seek or retain employment, WHP may assist with basic living expenses, such as rent, utilities, transportation, child-care, and job-related education and training, until the family is able to cover these expenses.
Many clients are referred to us from the school counselors in SBISD, which has a high incidence of poverty with over 57% of students qualifying for free school lunches. Once a referral comes in, WHP screens the family to determine if they are eligible for our program.
Families must be homeless or on the verge of eviction to qualify. In addition, at least one adult must be able to work legally in the United States, and this adult is required to be employed within two months of entering WHP’s Hand-Up Housing program.