Terms like emergency shelter and transitional housing are common among the housing programs providing housing services to individuals and families who are homeless. This type of housing is time limited and though it will provide respite, often there is not enough support and intervention to end a family’s poverty. This falling back into the cycle of homelessness reflects limits on housing programs, not a failure of the family or individual. The ladder out of chronic poverty and persistent homelessness requires achieving and strengthening one level before moving successfully to the next. Shelter Care Ministries is committed to self reflection and evaluation of our housing programs in our commitment to recognizing the extraordinary and complex needs of families, as well as developing a process for moving towards health and wholeness.
The housing staff at Shelter Care believes that people are whole and complete -- that they have natural resources, and when given support and coaching will move to a place of hope and achievement for themselves and their children. This takes time, resources and space for people to discover they have the ability to plan and shape the path they will travel on in the future, and that circumstances are merely opportunities for reflection and re-framing.
Shelter Care is unique in that it houses families together, keeping mothers and fathers with their children or single moms or dads with their children together in one unit. The current eligibility is that parents must have children in their custody.
Emergency Housing: short term housing in 2 bedroom scattered site apartments
Rapid Rehousing: gradually decreasing rental assistance and supportive services in a rental unit of the family's choosing
Permanent Supportive Housing: long term housing for families with a head of household with a disability, with specific housing targeted to Veteran families and families who are chronically homeless
Our Housing Program staff works with residents in partnership always honoring the resident’s agenda, while holding accountability structures that support converting breakdowns to breakthroughs.
Housing Program Applications are taken by the Single Point of Entry Program, 844-710-6919, 612 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103