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Prevention & Supportive Services

Our Prevention and Supportive Services Center provides information, referrals, and access to resources for individuals and families to prevent them from becoming homeless or to break the cycle of their homelessness. The Center runs the following current programs:

This program provides basic life necessities to help at-risk and homeless individuals and families and anyone in the general community stabilize their life situation. After assessment, clients receive a combination of services targeted to their unique needs, including but not limited to hygiene items and clothing, rent/utility assistance, bus/gas vouchers and tokens, access to technology and phones, a mailing address and support obtaining identification or driver’s licenses. When applicable, clients are screened for eligibility for Housing Center programs.

This program assists individuals and families from the community and our own Housing Center programs in identifying and accessing available housing options to prevent or address homelessness. We provide information on available rental assistance through us or other agencies, and we help clients to secure emergency, transitional, and permanent housing.

Currently offered to Housing Center clients, the Job Club helps individuals remove barriers to employment. After an assessment for barriers and benefit eligibility conducted within the first month of residency, clients build skills such as literacy, tenant education, and money and credit management through one-on-one mentoring and seminars. Through a partnership with Careerwise and interns from Cal State Fullerton, weekly workshops on driving/criminal records, parole/probation, and credit history, and other guest speakers address bankruptcy, resume creation, mock job interviews, and other topics. Clients have access to our computer lab for learning opportunities and job searches, and they build work experience through internal housekeeping, maintenance, food preparation, office work, and external volunteer opportunities. We provide transportation to attend job fairs and promote employment opportunities within when possible.

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