How Nonprofit Service Providers Can Support Durham Opening Doors Homeless Prevention & Services

Nonprofit service providers play a critical role in implementing the strategies towards preventing and eliminating homelessness in Durham. It is often the non-profit agencies that directly interact with and are able to target services specifically for homeless populations. If you are a nonprofit service provider, consider implementing the following strategies:

  • Increase the number of permanent supportive housing units.
  • Increase the number of affordable rental units available to homeless people.
  • Increase the availability of rental subsidies to those who are homeless and those with extremely low-incomes.
  • Assess, evaluate and move people from the emergency shelters into either transitional or permanent housing.
  • Participate in Durham’s System of Care that seeks to rapidly move people through a continuum of housing services (emergency shelter and transitional housing) to permanent housing. Homeless people are a priority population of Durham’s System of Care.
  • Implement Housing First/Housing Plus projects that target mentally ill persons who are chronically homeless.
  • Create interim housing for unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Encourage homeless people who can work to obtain the Career Readiness Credential available to the community through Durham Technical Community College.
  • Identify and help implement financial education programs and build the capacity of financial programs that serve homeless individuals.
  • Increase the number of those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in accessing SSI.
  • Pilot an employer-sponsored home ownership savings program.
  • Increase funding available for emergency rental and utility assistance.
  • Assure that case-management and supportive services accompany emergency assistance.
  • Develop a communication and education plan to disseminate information for key organizations that are positioned to interact with families and individuals who are at-risk of homelessness.
  • Develop a community standard for discharge planning to a system of care that leads to the identification of a primary support person and/or agency.
  • Develop the service infrastructure to holistically support homeless individuals.
  • Become a partner agency using the Carolina Homeless Information System (CHIN) for client tracking and case management.