Who Needs RTH?

The need is for safe, affordable housing, long-term stabilization, and supportive services for homeless families in the area.

RTH serves one and two-parent low-income families, as well as single women and men who are homeless due to any of the following circumstances:

  1. Living on the street or in their vehicle
  2. Housing not suitable for human habitation
  3. Living in a shelter
  4. Loss of income with eviction imminent and/or court evictions
  5. Domestic violence / break-up
  6. Recovery from chemical dependency
  7. Mental illness issues
  8. Loss of home due to fire or other reasons

On January 26, 2011, volunteers throughout St. Louis County including RTH Case Managers conducted a Point-in-Time unsheltered and sheltered homeless count. This count helps with defining the homeless issues at hand and for acquiring federal grant money.  On that night, in St. Louis County, there were 493 homeless people. These numbers have remained fairly consistent in the past three years, in 2009 there were 492 and in 2010 there were 524 homeless people.

In 2010, the referrals RTH received consisted of the following demographics: 81% were Caucasian, 6% were Native American, 5% were African American, and 8% other.  Of the 309 households referred to RTH programs: 50% had a diagnosed mental illness, 6% had a diagnosed chemical dependency condition, 25% had a diagnosed physical disability, and 15% were fleeing domestic abuse.  Overall, 765 people were served through referrals and 90% of those people were from the Iron Range Area. RTH initially turned away 70% of the households referred for housing in 2010 due to a lack of vacancy. Many of these households were put on a waiting list for housing and were assisted in locating other resources they may have been eligible for through RTH’s Outreach Program.

How We Publicize Within the Community

RTH’s staff speak at providers’ meetings, community groups, forums, and at workshops on an ongoing basis in an effort to educate and sensitize the community to the issues faced by homeless families.  RTH staff also network with local area businesses in order to foster community involvement.  Community education and in-services are an ongoing and important part of the RTH mission.

RTH is part of St. Louis County Resource Booklet, Information and Referral Hotline, and is listed in the phone book including the yellow pages. RTH has also taken out ads in the local news papers to promote programs and is in the process of setting up a website.

How We Recruit

RTH staff keeps the network of providers informed of current openings in the programs.  Updated program information is also provided to St. Louis County’s Information and Referral Service.  Clients referred to RTH are assisted with filling out an application and the programs are explained to them as a part of the intake process.  Many clients come from the shelters in Hibbing and Virginia, and other referral sources include but are not limited to: Virginia and Hibbing HRA’s, Range Mental Health Center, Arrowhead Center (chemical dependency treatment, gambling treatment), St Louis County Social Services, battered women’s programs, community action agencies, law enforcement agencies, previous clients, as well as other sources.