Project Components

Referrals: Once a referral is received, Case Managers gather basic information regarding the household’s current situation and determine preliminary eligibility criteria for various services.  RTH Case Managers refer to other resources as necessary including housing, medical coverage, mental and chemical health services, legal services, and any other basic needs.

Outreach:
If a household appears to be eligible and is willing, RTH Case Managers continue to work with them to improve their current situation.  Case Managers may provide transportation to appointments, advice and assistance in filling out applications, and support in navigating the often-confusing maze of services.

Shelter Case Management: RTH provides case management services in conjunction with AEOA and RMHC in the local shelters.  If there is room, households may stay in the local shelters for up to 30 days or up to 90 days in short-term transitional beds.  During this time, Case Managers assist with helping the household in securing and completing applications for housing, income, and benefits as well as other services including employment services.

Transitional Housing (THP):
Currently, RTH rents 7 Transitional Housing units in the Hibbing area from private landlords and 20 units in the Virginia area.  The THP Program helps homeless families and individuals with securing and maintaining housing for up to 24 months.  Issues that arise are dealt with in a timely fashion and RTH provides landlords with additional securities in the event that the household creates problems for the landlord or neighbors.  Case Managers provide weekly home visits and monthly home inspections to ensure that needs are being met and units are kept up at an acceptable level.  RTH works as a liaison between the tenants and the landlords and often mediates differences as well as provides support to both tenant and landlord.

Furniture Program: This is a program that utilizes community donations to help furnish apartments.  It serves not only RTH participants but also any low-income household that is in need depending on availability.

Permanent Housing Program: This is a permanent program that serves those who are currently disabled and meet HUD’s definition of homelessness.  It is a scattered-site program and currently houses 8 households in the Hibbing area and 11 in the Virginia area.

Chronic Permanent Housing Program:
This permanent program serves those who are currently disabled and meet HUD’s definition of chronically homeless. It is also a scattered-site program that currently houses 23 households in the Hibbing and Virginia areas.

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