Rochester’s Access Home Rapid Rehousing program has worked for the past 30 years to end families’ episodes of homelessness and help them to regain their financial stability. The program serves 10-15 families at a time, most of them single mothers, over a period of up to 2 years.
When families enter the program, Salvation Army social workers help them find permanent housing. Then, over the course of the program, we subsidize the family’s rent, help the parents to find and sustain employment, and work with the family to stabilize their home life and improve their relationships with friends and family.
As the families become more independent, we start to decrease the amount of subsidy we provide in the hopes that, by the time each family graduates from the program, they will be financially stable enough to afford all of their expenses without financial assistance. Because the housing found for each family is not owned or operated by The Salvation Army or another nonprofit agency, families are able to remain in their homes indefinitely once they’ve graduated from the program.
Access Home has graduated an average of 15 families every year since the program’s inception. For questions about Access Home, or to learn how you can support our local Salvation Army housing initiatives, please call 507-288-3663.