Promoting Self-Sufficiency

At Dignity Housing, we know that affordable housing alone will not move individuals and families out of poverty. For that reason, Dignity’s provides housing in combination with supportive services designed to promote the self-sufficiency of our residents. Our supportive services model encourages residents to be actively involved in setting individual goals in areas that may include education, employment, health and wellness, income management, parenting and childcare, and permanent housing (for transitional housing residents).

Work in these areas helps residents and their families to find stability as they work on short term goals and action steps with paths to long term self-sufficiency.

Case Management

Dignity’s Case Mangers represent the heart of the organization’s supportive services.  They develop trusting relationships with their clients and provide guidance, encouragement and resources that help families and individuals achieve stability and break the cycle of homelessness.

Health & Wellness Supports

While homelessness has many causes, substance addiction and/or long-term struggles with mental health issues are major obstacles to stability and self-sufficiency for many Dignity residents. Dignity works closely with a clinical consultant to understand the role that mental health plays in each resident’s struggles with poverty and homelessness.  Residents may receive mental health services and attend outpatient and sponsorship programs via a range of providers. In addition, on-site workshops and seminars are organized by Case Managers to address the health and well-being of our residents and their children.

Education & Employment Supports

Dignity was founded with the inherent understanding that education is critical to moving Dignity’s residents toward self-sufficiency. Being employed does not guarantee that a family or individual can escape poverty after leaving a supportive housing program.  In order to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, a livable wage and benefits are needed; education is a key component to opening doors to success.  Low-wage jobs are often also “low-quality,” with little if any benefits, unreliable schedules, and little room for flexibility that allow parents to tend to the needs of their children.

For many Dignity residents, education is the key to not only moving back into the workforce but also improving their life skills and enhancing self-esteem. The goal of Dignity’s Education and Employment Readiness supports is to advance education and assist individual residents in obtaining employment at livable wages with benefits.


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