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HOUSING SERVICES

Transitional 

Housing

POP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in low-income communities.  Many are homeless or lack food, clothing, and other life essentials to make a full transition to independent living. The stark realities of poverty and homelessness become more evident with each passing day. We see New York City’s homeless wander throughout our communities, drifting in and out of emergency shelters and living on the streets.

 

POP dedicates its work to assist people who present the most significant challenge to attaining permanent and affordable housing. We work with people whose very disabilities make it extremely difficult to increase the incidence of residential stability—those without skills, battered and abused women and a growing number of others with co-occurring disorders. People in these categories are more likely to be inappropriately housed if at all, and POP accepts the challenge of finding transitional and permanent housing for them through the operation of a comprehensive program that increases our clients’ self-esteem and motivation to improve their lives.

 

POP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community-based organization. The organization’s leaders have learned firsthand that providing shelter without support services does not adequately address homelessness.POP provides services directly and through a comprehensive referral network of government agencies and non-profits with proven track records of helping the homeless and others in need.

 

For many years, Practice of Peace has presented invaluable transitional housing and ancillary support services for many who would otherwise have continued alone the fight to survive in communal shelters or on the streets. Although initially designed as a Bronx N.Y.-based housing resource, Practice of Peace provides transitional housing to persons who come from all parts of New York City.  We mainly serve people from community areas with a high incidence of depression, low-education and skills, low-income, spousal abuse, child abuse, mental and emotional problems, and other disorders impeding their ability to secure and maintain stable housing environments.

 

POP is an innovative program that provides support services coordination directly and through agency referrals and accessibility improvement to people living with a range of problems that cause them to be at risk of homelessness throughout disadvantaged neighborhoods. The goal of Practice of Peace is to stabilize its participants' housing situation and allow them to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Since its inception, Practice of Peace has responded to an alarming increase in homelessness for African-American and Latino families and of all ethnic backgrounds by providing transitional and permanent housing services to them at its facilities.
 

POP housing units provide living accommodations for men, women, families and children.
 

Practice of Peace also provides comprehensive referral services to non-duplicated homeless. For a long time now, Practice of Peace has made available transitional housing accommodations in addition to permanent housing referral services and ancillary referral to supportive services that can assist clients through a full spectrum of problems and needs.

Supportive

Housing

Supportive housing is a combination of living accommodations and services intended as a cost-effective way to help people live more stable, productive lives. We know that supportive housing works well for those who face the most complex challenges. These are individuals and families confronted with homelessness and have meager incomes or severe, persistent issues that may include substance use disorders (including alcoholism). Many face mental health, HIV/AIDS, chronic illness, diverse disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, mobility or sensory impairments), or other grave challenges to stable housing.

 

We couple supportive housing with such social services as job training, life-skills training, alcohol, and substance use disorder treatment, community support services (e.g., child care, educational programs, group meetings), and case management to populations in need of assistance. Supportive housing s intended to be a pragmatic solution that helps people have better lives while reducing, to the extent feasible, the overall cost of care. 

 

We highly endorse supportive housing as a means to address homelessness (i.e., lack of a place to live or adequate housing). Supportive housing seeks to address two critical problems: 

  • Without housing, there is at best a highly problematic basis from which to mitigate the factors which lead to homelessness (e.g., lack of adequate income) and expensive problems that burden social service systems.
     

  • Without supportive services, the tenant is likely to regress (have a difficult time) for the reasons that are presumed by service providers and the government to lead to their loss of housing in the first place.


In the capacity building context, we know from our experience and evidence-based studies that support services can be integral to maintaining the housing, the tenant, or cooperative relationships. This form of housing improves financial and economic security, contributes to the family and neighborhoods, and the growth opportunities to return to a valued life situation. In the 21st Century, we often link supportive housing to affordable housing. Services in supportive housing are flexible and primarily focused on the outcome of housing stability. 

Affordable Housing

 

According to the government housing affordability index, affordable housing is deemed reasonable in cost to those with a median household income or below. Affordable housing is adequate in standard and location for lower or middle-income households. It does not cost so much that a family is unlikely to meet other basic needs on a sustainable basis.  It also includes rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Most people who acquire affordable housing do so because they may not have a choice. Almost everyone has heard about the high cost of housing.  Especially in low-income communities, residents feel pressured by sky-high rents and home prices, and they often do not know where to turn to do something about it.


The impact of high housing costs goes beyond a single household’s wallet to affect entire cities, towns, and counties. High housing costs in the areas POP serves may even force some residents to choose between paying the rent and paying for food or health care. But, we believe that people should not have to choose between one basic necessity and another! That is where affordable housing comes in.


Affordable housing is housing that a household can pay for while still having money left over for other necessities like food, transportation, and health care. That means that what is considered “affordable” depends on a household’s income. The federal government typically defines housing as affordable when it consumes no more than 30 percent of a household’s income.

 

So, who needs affordable housing? Everyone. From high-income earners to hourly wage workers, to people experiencing homelessness, and everyone in between. The rent or home price that is affordable may vary from one household to the next, but everyone shares the need for affordable housing. The bad news is that a large and growing share of the population cannot afford its housing costs. Nationally, more than one in seven households are what economists call “severely cost-burdened.” Severely cost-burdened means that they pay half or more of their income on housing. It is not surprising that the lowest-income households are the most likely to find themselves in this crunch. Seventy percent of the lowest-income households (those with less than about $15,000 in annual income) are severely cost-burdened. Even moderate-income renters are struggling to pay the rent in many high-cost cities, towns, and counties. This burden is not just for renters, but it also affects a large portion of home-owners.

 

POP is working to provide affordable housing through collaborative arrangements and partnerships.

 

 

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