MEDFORD, Ore. — Families struggling with chronic homelessness will soon have a new and more permanent place to go, thanks to a joint project between Maslow Project, the Housing Authority of Jackson County (HAJC) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).
Maslow Project says that this permanent housing option will include support for 12 families at a time in a "first of its kind" partnership.
"Permanent housing helps stabilize and strengthen families and ensure children can grow up free from the burdens and traumas of homelessness,” said Mary Ferrell, Executive Director of Maslow Project.
The program involve 12 units out of the HAJC's brand new 64-unit Newbridge complex. For Maslow families, this will involve on-site case management and connection with community resources or aid — for parenting, credit repair, healthy cooking, employment, education, and life skill classes.
“We will identify and mitigate housing barriers they face, and provide essential supportive services that will transform their lives by fostering a sense of purpose and empowerment,” said Jason Elzy, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County.
According to Maslow Project, Jackson County's rental availability rates hover around 1 percent, a significant barrier for low-income families badly in need of long-term housing.
“Our goal is to help support these families toward a future where they are self-supporting and moving beyond this program, opening the door for new families to get housed," said Ferrell.
On Thursday, HAJC unveiled the new units at the Newbridge building. The Maslow Project's supportive housing program will launch in November.