Programs

All of our housing programs follow a Housing First approach.

What is Housing First?

Housing First is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness as opposed to addressing predetermined treatment goals prior to permanent housing entry.

Housing First emerged as an alternative to the linear approach in which people experiencing homelessness were required to first participate in and graduate from short-term residential and treatment programs before obtaining permanent housing. In the linear approach, permanent housing was offered only after a person experiencing homelessness could demonstrate that they were “ready” for housing. By contrast, Housing First is premised on the following principles:

  • Homelessness is first and foremost a housing crisis and can be addressed through the provision of safe and affordable housing.
  • All people experiencing homelessness, regardless of their housing history and duration of homelessness, can achieve housing stability in permanent housing. Some may need very little support for a brief period of time, while others may need more intensive and long-term supports.
  • Everyone is “housing ready.” Sobriety, compliance in treatment, or even criminal histories are not necessary to succeed in housing. Rather, homelessness programs and housing providers must be “consumer ready.”
  • Many people experience improvements in quality of life, in the areas of health, mental health, substance use, and employment, as a result of achieving housing.
  • People experiencing homelessness have the right to self-determination and should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • The exact configuration of housing and services depends upon the needs and preferences of the population.

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Veteran Services

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Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF)

In partnership with the Veterans Administration, the community, and private partners the SSVF program provides short term rapid re-housing and homeless prevention assistance with housing case management to low-income Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness, or those in danger of becoming homeless to obtain and maintain stable housing using a Housing First approach. SSVF housing case management is designed to help participants become stabilized in housing and increase their ability to sustain it. The SSVF program is able to provide temporary financial assistance to the Veteran household for various expenses related to housing and stability.

VA Disability Claims

Veterans experiencing homelessness can receive help to file a VA disability claim. The claims process can be challenging and one that service members and Veterans should not have to navigate alone. On Wednesday, a dedicated Combat Veteran Volunteer helps homeless Veterans file and track VA disability claims.

Disability Claims

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Transitional Housing

Domestic Violence Victims

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Transitional Housing for Domestic Violence Victims

The CoC Transitional to Rapid Re-Housing for Domestic Violence Victims is a joint partnership between ECHO and Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties. Other partners include the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Total Care for the Homeless Coalition, the community, and private partners. The CoC Transitional to Rapid Re- Housing for Domestic Violence provides transitional “bridge” housing and short term rapid re- housing assistance with housing case management to individuals and families that have experienced domestic violence to obtain and maintain stable housing using a Housing First approach.
The transitional “bridge” housing portion of the program is designed to help participants become stabilized, work with specialized domestic violence services and start connecting them to mainstream community resources. The Rapid Re-Housing portion of the program is designed to help participants obtain stable housing and increase their ability to sustain housing by providing housing case management along with temporary financial assistance for various expenses related to housing and stability.

Transitional Housing for Substance Abuse Disorder

In partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Total Care for the Homeless Coalition, the community, and private partners the CoC Transitional to Rapid Re- Housing for Substance Abuse Disorder provides transitional “bridge” housing and short term rapid re-housing assistance with housing case management to individuals and families that have a substance abuse disorder to obtain and maintain stable housing using a Housing First approach. The transitional “bridge” housing portion of the program is designed to help participants become stabilized, work with specialized substance abuse services and start connecting them to mainstream community resources. The Rapid Re-Housing portion of the program is designed to help participants obtain stable housing and increase their ability to sustain housing by providing housing case management along with temporary financial assistance for various expenses related to housing and stability.

Substance Abuse Disorder

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Short Term Housing

Rapid Re-Housing

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Continuum of Care (CoC) Rapid Re-Housing

In partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Total Care for the Homeless Coalition, the community, and private partners CoC Rapid Re-Housing provides short term rapid re-housing assistance with housing case management to homeless individuals and families to obtain and maintain stable housing using a Housing First approach.
CoC Rapid Re-Housing case management is designed to help participants become stabilized and increase their ability to sustain housing. The CoC Rapid Re-Housing program is able to provide financial assistance temporarily for various expenses related to housing and stability.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

In partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Horry County Community Development, and The South Carolina Department of Administration’s Office of Economic Opportunity, the community, and private partners ESG provides short term rapid re- housing and homeless prevention assistance with housing case management to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those in danger of becoming homeless to obtain and maintain stable housing using a Housing First approach.
ESG housing case management is designed to help participants become stabilized and increase their ability to sustain housing. The ESG program is able to provide financial assistance temporarily for various expenses related to housing and stability.

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Long Term Housing

Permanent

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Continuum of Care (CoC) Permanent Supportive Housing

In partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Total Care for the Homeless Coalition, the community, and private partners CoC Permanent Supportive Housing provides long term housing assistance with housing case management and other support services to chronically homeless individuals and families.
Chronic homelessness is defined as a single continuous episode or multiple episodes (within 3 years) of homelessness totaling 12 months or longer and having a qualified, documented disability. The CoC Permanent Supportive Housing program uses a Housing First approach along with housing case management and supportive services designed to stabilize participants in housing and connect them to mainstream community resources to increase their ability to sustain it. Housing units for this program are located across our 13 county service area.

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