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Executive Director Letter about Transitional Housing

posted Oct 17, 2016, 12:06 PM by Andrew Koetz
As you may have heard, HALO's Transitional Housing Program has been forced to close due to drastic cuts to this nationwide program by the Federal Government. Read a letter from Kevin Cookman about this program below:

The Racine community recently lost a valuable resource for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness: HALO’s Transitional Housing Program. This May, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a sharp cut nationwide for all Transitional Housing programs in order to favor more permanent housing initiatives. This decision required HALO to cease offering 19 apartment units and to let go of 2 case managers.

Since 2005, HALO’s Transitional Housing has given 293 individuals, including 160 children, the opportunity to transition from homelessness into self-sufficiency. This program greatly minimized any return to homelessness by providing a furnished apartment for up to 24 months along with the continual guidance of a case manager. Nationally as well as throughout Racine, transitional housing proved extremely effective in decreasing returns to homelessness and increasing employment for families.

HALO has seen a rapid rise in the residents of our women’s and children’s shelter since the closing of this program. It is currently at its highest capacity in recent memory – up to 90% full with over 30 children. We will continue to serve those who would have utilized the Transitional Housing Program by giving them shelter and individual support through our Journey to Self-Sufficiency Program.

Amidst these challenges, government support for our shelter has continued its decline (see graph on right). However, with this decline, we have seen the Racine Community step up to the challenge. Because of your support, HALO has given thousands of individuals and families the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Last year, a record 50.1% of our program participants moved into stable housing with the income needed to provide for themselves. That remarkable number is entirely because of HALO’s amazing supporters: each one of you. We will need your continued support to help offset the loss of this valuable Transitional Housing Program.

If you ever have questions regarding any of HALO’s programs, issues of homelessness in Racine, or all the ways you can help out, please get in touch with us! We’d love to speak with you. Simply call Andy Koetz, HALO’s Community Outreach Manager, at 262-633-3235 ext. 143 or send him an email at akoetz@haloinc.org.

Sincerely and with blessings,

Kevin Cookman