Our S.O.S. program is a partnership with the Brevard Homeless Coalition Inc. (more info here) that started as a pilot program in 2017 has now grown to include two locations. It's designed to reduce the family trauma caused by sudden homelessness by providing a stable place to regroup and move forward.
These apartments are meant for a short, intensive stay during which the family will work very closely with our case manager, develop both short and long term goals to address issues that have lead to the homelessness, and assess what personal and community resources they have available. At the end of their stay, we hope that they will be in the position to regain housing or will have establish a plan to do so as soon as possible.
There are two locations for this program: one in Melbourne and one in Titusville.
The SOS program is best suited for families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time, or who are unexpectedly homeless due to unforeseen circumstances.
This program is meant to be a solution for families that are likely to be able to be rehoused within two weeks given the opportunity for safe shelter and a guide through the assistance process.
Families that will need longer term support or have multiple challenges that they are facing would most likely be better served through our Transitional or Permanent Supportive Housing programs.
When families who become suddenly homeless have a good place to stay and support like case management the episode of homelessness can be shortened. More importantly, the children can stay in school and be shielded from some of the trauma of being homeless.
Our families did not plan on being homeless and they need support to prevent homelessness from becoming a cycle.
Community Grants and Donations
Boeing: Space Coast Employee Fund Donation (2017)
Hope for North Brevard: 40 Days of Generosity Drive Donation (2018)
Case management support is provided by the Brevard Homeless Coalition
The property is provided by Community of Hope
Furnishings and bedding were provided by gifts from the community
If you or your organization would like to contribute to this or any of our other programs, click here for more information!