Espigh Family Shelter
HomeAgain’s Espigh Family Shelter began serving families experiencing a housing crisis in 1981. The services offered assist families and unaccompanied women to secure and maintain permanent housing. The Family Emergency Shelter has a capacity of 27 adults and children (ages 0-18) and offers services up to 60 days. Upon arrival, residents' most basic needs of food and safe living space are provided. Then, clients are assessed for HomeAgain’s services that include substance abuse prevention, mental health, parenting, child development, tutoring, life skills, employment, and housing search. At the core of our services is engagement with the clients and development of a professional relationship. The housing focused case management process includes goal setting, handling crises as these occur, setting boundaries, modeling behaviors and using client strengths. A critical service offered to all HomeAgain’s clients is assessment of needs and referrals to existing community services.
Men's Emergency Shelter
The Men’s Emergency Shelter provides services to unaccompanied men experiencing homelessness for up to 60 days. The facility has a capacity to serve 20 men co-located with eight clients residing in the Veteran’s Transitional Program. It operates 365 days a year and is staffed 24 hours per day. A person’s immediate needs are addressed first such as food, shelter and medical care so that he can begin the first steps toward housing stability. Then, the client meets with their case manager for an assessment and jointly, the resident and case manager identify the resident’s needs. A housing plan with goals and target dates for goal completion is developed.
INRICH Transitional Program
The INRICH program changed from a transition in place housing program to a rapid rehousing program for families with minor children. This program now functions under HomeAgain's Community Housing Programs and provides intensive case management, housing search assistance and a short-term subsidy for qualifying households. This program is staffed by the Program Manager for Community Housing Programs (who also provides direct service) and the three community housing case managers who serve families. With the help of their case managers, families select housing that meets their needs and are assisted with leasing the units. The program abides by community standards for rapid rehousing, which includes assistance from 3 to six months following the acquisition of housing.
Veterans Transitional Program
The Veterans Transitional Program is a collaborative effort between HomeAgain and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program serves up to 26 male veterans in a facility located on the campus of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center and in the Men’s Emergency facility located in downtown Richmond. The close working relationship between HomeAgain staff and hospital personnel focuses on the referral of homeless veterans to the program offering intensive case management, life skills, substance abuse and mental health services. The program is staffed by a full-time case manager, house manager, overnight staff as well as a part-time substance abuse counselor.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Since 2012, HomeAgain has offered this service to families of a varying compositions, including, but not limited to those with Veterans status. To qualify, the head of household must have a documented disability, and the household must be homeless, as defined by HUD. HomeAgain serves roughly 20 households each year who are impacted by a disability by providing case management and a permanent housing subsidy. Each household pays 30% of their income towards rent, and the remaining rent is subsidized by the program. This long-term, permanent subsidy, which is offered through the federal government, is provided to qualifying households for as long as they need assistance.