Residential Services – Qualify and Guidelines

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All of our residential programs are not self-referal programs (i.e you cannot call and refer yourself to them). They need to be referred by, and qualified by an outside agency (for example, The Department of Transition Assistance), or our Basic Needs program. While our program managers and case managers don’t mind fielding your questions, they cannot qualify individuals for programs without referring them first to Basic Needs. In addition each program has specific guidelines for entry, see the description of each invidual program for their guidelines.

THE REFERRAL PROCESS 

QUALIFYING AND GUIDELINES
Our Permanent Residential Programs have housing for both Singles, and Families. They each have slightly different qualification standards as listed below:

SINGLES
A single person must be chronically homeless (by the Federal Government Definition) and must have a disabling Condition.

The federal Government’s definition of a chronically homeless person;

  1. An unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for one year or more OR
  2. An unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. The homeless person must meet only one or the other of the time frame criteria that make up the definition.

An individual does not meet the chronically homeless criteria if they are applying to enter from any kind of institution including a medical institution nor can they be in housing at the time they enter. If an institution such as a medical institution can provide documentation that a motel or emergency shelter was being used for this person then they may be eligible.

What is meant by homeless is a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (such as the streets) or an emergency shelter.

What is meant by disabling condition in the chronically homeless definition;

A disabling condition is defined as “A diagnosable substance abuse disorder, a serious mental illness, developmental disability, or a chronic physical illness or disability, including a co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions, in addition, a “disabling condition that limits an individual’s ability to work or perform one or more activities of daily living.”

Agency or worker making a referral must provide the following;

  • Completed Referral Form, which you can download here.
  • Third Party verification/ Certification/ Self Statement/ Homeless History Statement (CSS Staff can assist with these forms)
  • HUD Disability Verification, which you can download here.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Photo ID
  • Copy of SSC (Social Security Card)
  • Income Verification (SSI, SSDI, EAEDC etc.)
  • Copy of Medical Insurance Cards
  • Contact information for any other Service Providers already involved with the Individual.

If the individual indeed meets this criteria the CSS Case Manger will schedule and Intake for the Program.

We have also provided a Intake Verification Checklist, for your convience, which you can download here.

FAMILIES
For homeless families, they must meet the federal guideline for a homeless family and the head of household must have a disabling condition.

The definition for a homeless person;

  • Living on the (a place not meant for human habitation such as cars, parks, sidewalks and abandoned buildings)
  • An emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing for homeless persons
  • Persons being evicted from a private dwelling with in the week before receiving SHP assistance
  • Persons coming from a short –term stay (up to 30 consecutive days) in an institution
  • Persons being discharged from a longer stay (30 days or more) in an institution.
  • Persons fleeing Domestic Violence

What is meant by disabling condition?

  • Is expected to be of long-continued or indefinite duration
  • Substantially impedes an individual’s ability to live independently
  • Of nature that could be improved by more suitable housing conditions (substance abuse disorder, if the person’s impairment could be improved by more suitable housing conditions)

Who can document a medical impairment?

Medical Professionals – licensed physicians, licensed certified psychologists, AS LONG AS THE IMPAIRMENT ADDRESSED IS WITH IN HIS/ HER LICENSED SCOPE.

The Referral Process:

Agency or worker making a referral must provide the following;

  • Completed Referral Form, which you can download here.
  • Third Party verification/ Certification/ Self Statement/ Homeless History Statement (CSS Staff can assist with these forms)
  • HUD Disability Verification, which you can download here.
  • Photo ID
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of SSC (Social Security Card)
  • Income Verification (SSI, SSDI, EAEDC, TAFDC, SNAP, WIC etc.)
  • Copy of Medical Insurance Cards
  • Contact information for any other Service Providers already involved with the Individual.

If the individual indeed meets this criteria the CSS Case Manger will schedule and Intake for the Program.

We have also provided a Intake Verification Checklist, for your convience, which you can download here.

If you have any question about the above guidelines, application process, or forms, please contact:

CATHERINE RIVERA (Se Habla Español)
Senior Case Manager
Coming Home
New Bedford Office
(508) 997-7337

Any referrals can be faxed to her at (508) 984-1667

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