Bridge to Health & Housing is an outreach program conducted in partnership with the County of Yolo, and funded by Partnership HealthPlan California (PHC) to improve the health and well-being of medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and improving overall well-being by targeting four health determinants: housing stability, physical health, behavioral health, and self-sufficiency. We also partner with the City of Woodland on conducting outreach to people in Woodland experiencing homelessness and connecting them to needed housing and social services.
- The programs have been running for 6 months, and already over 100 people have been assessed and connected to services. Many have found housing.
- By late summer 2017, we will be preparing a report summarizing the program's successes.
The Fourth & Hope housing program provides permanent supportive housing and transitional housing. The program's goal is to place families into housing as quickly as possible to provide stability and recovery from a crisis. This program includes supportive services such as classes on household budgeting, how to be a good tenant, and employment skills.
- On average 70% of the families move to permanent supportive housing in less than two years.
- At least 50% of the adult participants find employment or income, and 100% of the children are enrolled in school.
- The stability that housing provides, helps in offering a safe environment for the children to prosper.
Our treatment services are located at Walter's House, next door to the emergency shelter. This residential substance abuse program has a 60% success rate for participants where a life free from drugs, leads to employment and stable housing. We operate using a 'Therapeutic Community Model' where clients begin to understand how their decisions and behaviors affect everyone around them, addressing distorted thinking patterns and low self-opinion, and allowing clients to experience recovery from addictive behaviors. In 2015, we received accreditation by CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation designates Walter's House as meeting internationally recognized standards for substance abuse treatment and demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of the people we serve.
- Last year, 113 individuals graduated from the Walter's House treatment program, representing a 60% success rate.
- The average length of stay is 90 days.
- In 2015, we achieved CARF certification (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) - reinforcing our commitment to continuously improve service quality and to focus on the satisfaction of the people we serve.
The Fourth & Hope emergency shelter provides year-round shelter for up to 72 individuals nightly. We are the designated shelter for Yolo County. Last year, Fourth & Hope provided emergency shelter to 373 men, women, and children. Separate dorms are provided for men and women, and families sleep together in the dining area. Fourth & Hope provides an evening meal and breakfast seven days a week and lunch five days a week - available to anyone in need. At least 80,000 meals were served out of our kitchen last year. Our dedicated volunteers prepare, cook, and serve most of these meals and we are grateful for these stalwart community members. We provide case management services for connecting our shelter guests with the appropriate resources and services to meet an individual's and family's comprehensive health and human needs. In 2015, our work was honored with the 'Agency of the Year' award from Woodland United Way.
- In 2015, our work was honored with the 'Agency of the Year' award from Woodland United Way.
- As the first ray of hope, the emergency shelter offers a place of refuge where the chronically homeless can build trust and eventually find a solution to their addictions and homelessness.
- The daily meals help extend the budgets of low income families keeping them from becoming homeless.