U1R Housing Programs primary focus is moving families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 12 months of entry. In exchange for housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey the program guidelines, and attend volunteer taught classes in life skills, employment, community living, and budgeting. In addition to housing and life-skills counseling as well as intensive case management, Under 1 Roof provides the following through a network of community support: food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, school uniforms, etc.
The Supportive Housing Program is authorized by Title IV, Subtitle C, of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended. It is designed to promote, as part of a local Continuum of Care strategy, the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Assistance in the Supportive Housing Program is provided to help homeless persons meet three overall goals:
- Achieve residential stability,
- Increase their skill levels and/or incomes, and
- Obtain greater self-determination (i.e., more influence over decisions that affect their lives).
Specific performance measures for each of these three goals must be established based on the needs and characteristics of the homeless population to be served. Under 1 Roof is required to monitor our program participants’ progress in meeting their performance measures on an ongoing basis. HUD requires record keeping and annual progress reports. The annual progress report includes questions that ask grantees to report on their progress in meeting performance measures. Grantees are expected to make changes in their program or adjust performance measures in response to ongoing evaluation of their progress.
Although Under 1 Roof Housing Programs provide a supportive Christian environment, it places no religious requirement on any resident, and no volunteer, resident, or donor is discriminated against because of race, creed, ethnicity, or religion.
Under 1 Roof’s housing staff is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness by strengthening the community, encouraging self-determination and involving tenants in every aspect of the organization.