The major components of this program area are hardship assistance, housing, and supportive services. The goal is to provide immediate, as well as long-term survival assistance, including therapeutic support, to residents in our community who are experiencing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and financial crisis.
Comprehensive services for individuals and families include:
This 17-week educational group is designed for women who have been abused and those that struggle against on-going abuse who have now turned to using violence (legal and illegal) against their intimate partner. The group recognizes that a woman’s path to using violence is fundamentally different than a man’s, and, therefore, requires a different path to non-violence.
This is a closed group and all participants must complete the intake process before attending.
Facility-based permanent supportive housing for individuals and families. Case management and therapeutic and support services address the root causes of homelessness to help residents maintain permanent housing.
Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless, have a disabling condition, and reside in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
Emergency services for families in Douglas County seeking support in times of financial crisis.
Eligibility: Services are provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Emergency services for families in Ralston and Sarpy County seeking support in times of financial crisis.
Eligibility: Services are provided primarily in the city of Ralston and Sarpy County in Nebraska.
Assessment and case management services for individuals who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation (streets, abandoned buildings, cars, etc.). The goal is to assist individuals in locating permanent housing and gaining access to mainstream benefits. Participants receive housing referrals, transportation, crisis interventions, and basic supplies, such as food, clothing, blankets, etc.
Eligibility: Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa and Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Assistance in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing for individuals and families who are literally homeless and have at least one person with a disabling condition. Financial assistance and case management are provided in order to remove significant barriers to stable housing.
Outreach, case management, and homeless prevention, and rapid rehousing services are available for individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.
Eligibility: Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa.
Temporary financial assistance (1-12 months) and case management for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless (living in shelter, on the streets, or timing out of transitional housing).
Transitional housing and support services (up to 12 months) for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. All seven apartment units are fully furnished.
Eligibility: Individuals must be literally homeless (living in shelter, on the streets, or timing out of transitional housing). Services are provided in Pottawattamie County in Iowa.
Short-term, low-interest auto loans for qualifying working families with challenging credit histories. Ways to Work is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Milwaukee, Wis. Heartland Family Service administers the program locally.
Eligibility: Residents of Pottawattamie or Mills counties in Iowa and Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties in Nebraska.