How many acronyms do you have to juggle for work? How about for keeping up with current events? Yeah, it’s a lot. But humor me, if you will, and make room for just one more acronym that’s really important to Living Room. It’s called SNHAP, which stands for Special Needs Housing Assistance Program.
The History of SNHAP
SNHAP has historically provided housing with a specialized provider to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and also struggling with mental illness, substance abuse recovery, or gender identity discrimination. Through this program, Living Room pays a monthly subsidy for the client, while also providing case management to focus on treatment and care in addition to addressing any barriers to transitioning to more stable housing. Since its inception, SNHAP has been a program designed for individuals, not necessarily families—until now.
Volunteers and SNHAP clients enjoy a holiday lunch together.
The Need for Service Expansion
For families living with HIV/AIDS, finding stable housing can be even more of a struggle, as more family members mean an overall higher cost of living. Each child adds costs for food, school supplies, clothing, utilities, and the need for a larger living space. For many of these families, they may be able to maintain housing for a period of time, but ultimately face housing insecurity repeatedly.
As our goal is to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS are able to maintain stable housing, the families that are continually becoming homeless and utilizing our housing counseling services clearly are in need of further assistance to help them stabilize. Living Room has determined the best way to accomplish this is through expanding our SNHAP services to accept these families.
Living Room has determined the best way to accomplish this is through expanding our SNHAP services to accept these families.
With this program expansion, literally homeless families will be able to quickly transition into a SNHAP housing placement, and our case managers will continue working with them to determine reachable and realistic goals to lead to better health, housing and financial security, and ultimately stability.