Humanitri emergency assistance and housing programs.
The programs administered by Humanitri are focused on the housing needs of the greater St. Louis Missouri community. The non-profit offers everything from eviction prevention assistance, funds to pay rent, transitional housing, and resources for the homeless. Qualified clients may also receive additional support, such as case management, food, and referrals.
Low income housing, security deposit and rental assistance
Transitional Housing, or THP, is a key offering from Humanitri. It is offered as part of the St. Louis Continuum of Care for homeless families. This relies on federal government grants, but assistance is available for both St. Louis County and city residents.
It provides up to two years of short term, transitional housing to participants. Clients of the units can also access comprehensive support services as well as case management. This will include job placement, budgeting, counseling, and even spiritual guidance. All of this, and more, is available in an effort to stabilize the family and help them maintain permanent housing in the county. As another note, this particular program was the first so called scattered site transitional housing program in the region.
Rapid rehousing is available for the homeless and recently evicted. Humanitri partners once again with the Saint Louis County Continuum of Care. There are several components to this rehousing service, as noted below.
Clients can receive short-term rental and security deposit assistance, guidance on locating appropriate low income housing, Financial education/ budget planning, Utility bill arrearage assistance, and free legal support. If there is a service not available from Humanitri, then clients can obtain referrals. Call 314-802-5440 to reach the regional Housing Resource Center.
Additional financial support is part of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). This was created by the federal government to expand and supplement the work of local Social Services agencies such as Humanitri.
The funds are available as a result of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Qualified low income families that are faced with a one time crisis can get help with paying for their rent, mortgage, utility and heating bills or a security deposit There is also a component that offers free food or that provides zero percent interest rate loans. In general, at most one month worth of expenses is paid for, but the aid is very limited. It is also for people with an eviction notice or that are facing imminent homelessness.
BEACH, also known as the Beginning of the End Chronic Homelessness, is another rehousing service for the currently homeless. The Saint Louis City Department of Human Services and also non-profits such as Humanitri are partners on this.
The program has a goal of housing the chronically homeless and breaking the cycle. Components of it are also targeted at finding permanent, low income apartments or homes for individuals and families. Case managers and other staff help in any way possible.
Other Humanitri services
Clothing, basic needs and other support is part of the Young Family Parenting Center and Boutiques. The center is focused on parenting and pregnant teens in St. Louis, along with their families. This program offers a few different Parenting Centers/Boutiques to provide young families with baby equipment, clothing, information on free diapers, children's books, and developmental toys. The clothing closets/Boutiques have a couple locations, and they include 1120 South Sixth Street, Suite 120 as well as 11645 Benham Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63136.
Additional programs for children are arranged by Humanitri. The non-profit has on staff a Child and Family Advocate and they will focus on the needs of children. The family is oftentimes impacted both emotionally and economically by the crisis an eviction, homelessness or imprisonment can bring on. In these cases many people need guidance, support, and access to a network of resources that an advocacy worker sensitive to their needs can offer. Among other things, the advocate ensures that children are enrolled in a daycare program or school.
Next Steps is a prisoner re-entry program. Help is made available for ex-offenders. They can access permanent housing placement, resources, case management and links to non-profit community services as well as financial assistance programs. There is also extensive advocacy and guidance for both ex-offenders and their families.
Humanitri will offer them assistance in securing permanent housing as well as paying the rent on it, 18 months of case management, employment resources, free mental health screening, and also creation of a long term re-entry plan. The main phone number is 314-772-7720.
The Humanitri Food Bank is focused on addressing hunger in the community. Many St. Louis families are struggling to pay for groceries or food for their families. The non-profit can connect people with a food pantry, soup kitchen or meal site in your area.
The non-profit partners with many agencies, churches and businesses to make sure that food is available to the low income or just struggling people who need it. The main goal is to help individuals get through tough times so they can focus on moving forward improving their quality of life.
Applying for Humanitri assistance programs
For more information or to apply for help, Humanitri can be reached at 314-772-7720. The mailing address is P.O. Box 6512 St. Louis, MO 63125