1. How do I qualify for Dayspring Housing?
To qualify for Dayspring Housing, a potential client must be at least 18 years of age, have a history of homelessness as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, chronic substance abuse history, and custody (or a reunification plan) of at least one biological child; and not an immediate danger to self or others. In Dayspring’s Transitional Housing Program, a client may reside with up to five biological children. Dayspring’s scattered site permanent housing requires a minimum of six months clean from drugs and/or alcohol.
2. Do I need a referral from a service provider?
No, a potential client does not need to be referred from a treatment and/or service provider. Dayspring Programs also accepts clients who are self-referred. However, if a potential client is not referred from a treatment or service provider, they must be able to provide documentation of homelessness and substance abuse by an agency from which they have received services.
3. How long is the waiting period to get into transitional housing, S+C housing?
The typical waiting period for both Dayspring’s Transitional and Permanent Housing Program is about 30-45 days if there is an opening. However, it is important to note that applicants can be on a waiting list for shorter or longer periods of time. Applicants are encouraged to check their status on the waiting list at least every 30 days.
4. Is there an age limit for children in transitional housing/in S+C housing?
The age limit for children in Dayspring’s Transitional Housing Program is 16 years. There is no age limit for children in Dayspring’s Permanent Housing Program.
5. What are the supportive services offered to families?
Intensive case management, parenting education, substance abuse treatment, education and relapse prevention, health education, mental health counseling, peer support groups, Head Start and referrals to community services such as educational and skill-building programs; job readiness and job training; and other individualized support services designed to overcome the barriers that homelessness and substance abuse have created.
6. What are some client success stories?
Transitional Housing 2011:
- 75% moved into permanent housing within 18 months of participation in the program
- 78% remained drug free
- 89% demonstrated positive relationships with their family
- Children’s quality of life improved as the family transitions from homelessness and poverty to independent living
Permanent Supportive Housing 2011:
- 96% parents remained drug free
- 90% parents are in school, job training programs or working
- 96% families demonstrated positive relationships with families