Amarillo Housing First (AHF) is proud to partner with the City of Amarillo to accomplish the HOPE program goal of creating “an innovative, proactive approach to connect Amarillo’s homeless population to our community’s support services as part of our on-going commitment to move this population from crisis to stability and beyond.” This meshes perfectly with the mission of Amarillo Housing First (AHF) “to assist chronically homeless individuals in obtaining permanent housing using the Housing First model” in that we utilize existing resources to fill the gaps in care of persons experiencing homelessness with the added goal of the clients obtaining permanent housing.
The purpose of HOPE is to connect individuals with needed services throughout Amarillo, the HOPE program uses a case management approach. AHF also is built on case management, but is unique because AHF (1) focuses on the goals identified by the individual experiencing homelessness, without predetermined expectations; and (2) supports these individuals in determining eligibility for and connecting with available resources from many agencies in the city. Our case management team is led by AHF Case Management Program Director Tiffany Heizer, an RN Case Manager at Vibra Hospital.
Amarillo Housing First is ideally situated to implement the HOPE Program in partnership with the City of Amarillo. Many of the individuals we serve are unsheltered; we have established relationships with individuals in camps scattered throughout the city. Our knowledge of individuals who camp and their locations allows us to identify and recruit those who would be a good fit for the HOPE program. Our office is at the Guyon Saunders Resource Center, which has a low-barrier daytime shelter for the homeless. Our ongoing presence there will enable us to use the Center as one of our major recruiting sites for the HOPE work program.
AHF partners with the City to operate and administer the program services, including coordinating and staffing with trained Case Managers. Our case managers will continue to engage with each client weekly, working toward the client’s goals and supporting them as each goal is achieved. Each goal will be a marker of moving “from crisis to stability and beyond.”
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