The generosity of our donors has enabled Friends Without Homes to provide much needed support to the homeless population of Northern Santa Barbara county. Without our donors, landlords, case managers and volunteers this program would not be possible. The support of our community not only helps our clients reach stability but strengthens the community as a whole.
Relationship building-many of our clients have faced hardship and rejection. Outreach Workers take the time to build trust so that potential clients know we are committed to supporting them. We assist with basic necessities to meet immediate needs such as blankets and hygiene items.
When clients are ready to move forward and partner with us, our trained workers and volunteers provide individual assessments and create a transition plan to move our clients from homelessness to homes and stability. We empower our clients to help themselves.
Resource and Referral
Navigating resources and assistance programs can be confusing and overwhelming. Friends Without Homes helps individuals and their families in accessing and coordinating appropriate resources and supports. Case managers assist clients in the application process, ensure clients have transportation to meetings, and arranging for funding to meet immediate needs.
Name Change and Gender Marker
Transgender clients face special difficulty securing appropriate legal documents that reflect their gender. We assistance our transgender clients with legal document preparation services to legally change their name and gender marker on all official documents.
Securing housing provides a safe home base from which clients can make progress and gain much needed stability in all areas of their lives. Friends Without Homes Housing Support program provides tailored assistance to help homeless or at risk clients secure safe, affordable housing consistent with the unique needs and capabilities of the individual or family. Most of our clients enter the Housing Support program while living in shelters. Our dedicated housing case managers utilize relationships with local landlords, assistance locating affordable housing, and short term financial support to help homeless clients move into permanent housing.
Friends Without Homes is not finished once our clients have a home. Ongoing case management is provided to ensure that individuals and families are successful in their new homes and able to address barriers to maintaining housing. Case managers advocate with landlords to resolve issues and work with clients to help them reach the greatest degree of self-sufficiency possible.