Housing programs and financial assistance from ReStart.
ReStart focuses on homeless prevention, however a number of other services and assistance programs are administered. While case managers can coordinate emergency rental assistance, they will also deal with other challenges of the client, including credit counseling, mental health issues, and more. The main resources available across Washoe County Nevada are noted below.
When facing a crisis, then eviction or Homeless Prevention is available. Clients of ReStart include seniors over 60, the disabled, or very low income. In actuality, resources may be offered for anyone in the Reno Nevada area or county that is facing homelessness.
A number of services are offered by ReStart as part of this. Emergency financial aid, such as grants to pay rent to stabilize the family, is provided. Other stabilization and crisis intervention support services are coordinated for individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Security deposit, rent or even utility bill assistance is offered as part of the Homeless Prevention Program. This is done as another focus is on rehousing. Many people need assistance in moving into a new home, and that type of aid can help in those cases.
Applicants will need to meet with a case manager from the non-profit to both plan for long-term needs as well as address the root causes of their housing crisis to avoid it from reoccurring. Those who do not qualify to receive funding or cash grants are instead offered case management services. When funds are available, ReStart provides qualified low income individuals with temporary, on-going rental assistance to maintain the household's current arrangement.
Various other social services are offered by the non-profit. They are for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities in Washoe County. All of the various assistance programs are designed to increase self-sufficiency, reduce and prevent homelessness, and stabilize individuals and families. The goal is to help them to secure a long term, stable future.
The Mental Health Support Center offers clients access to both clinical and non-clinical services. It is for eligible individuals and families who are at risk of eviction and have a mental illness. Not only be shelter or emergency rental assistance be administered to them, but a host of other clinical services including Psychiatric Services, Individual and Group Mental Health Therapy, Medication Management, and Substance Abuse Counseling are provided too.
The support from ReStart is to ensure that families and individuals receive access to all the available resources, both government and non-profit. Other assistance offered can include Intensive Case Management as well as Crisis Intervention and Stabilization. The currently homeless in Reno can be qualified for Daytime Drop-in for Showers, Laundry, Lounge and Refreshments, Life Skills Education and Groups, Free Food, and Payee Services.
In addition, anyone that is being evicted or needs a place to live can access short term shelters or transitional housing. Not only is temporary lodging coordinated, but Permanent Supportive Housing is provided. This is offered both as a component to ReStart's Mental Health Support Center Program and as an ongoing basis to the homeless.
For those that qualify, housing subsidies that can be used to pay rent or a security deposit are provided at scattered sites within the community. At the same times, members of these centers have full access to social services and case management as listed above.
However the long term goal is to help stop the flow of individuals and families into shelters. So these different housing programs will be offered as short term solutions. The supportive housing services and any financial aid for the underserved population will require them to work towards maximum employment and self-sufficiency. They need to rebuild credit, increase their financial literacy, and more.
For more information on solutions, ReStart is based at 335 Record Street, #155, Reno, Nevada 89512. The main number is 775.324.2622.