Transitional Housing

Moving to a More Secure Future

People in transition

Transitional Housing: Moving to a More Secure Future

Homelessness can affect anyone at any stage of life. Many people are just a few paychecks away from homelessness, so natural disasters, large unexpected medical expenses, credit problems, and job loss can leave people instantly homeless with limited resources for rebuilding their homes or their lives. This workshop helps you teach basic money management skills as well as the steps to move from transitional housing to rental housing, all of which can lead to a more secure future.

PowerPoint presentations are customizable and can help you facilitate a discussion about money skills for your participants.

Download scripts that will guide you through your money management presentation.

Feeling unsure about your presentation?  FAQs will help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.

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Answer: It’s not necessary to have been homeless to understand the challenges of living without a regular place to call home. Depending on which organization you’ve volunteered for this session, you can meet with your contact person to discuss some of the unique financial issues homeless people face that should be addressed during your presentation. That organization also may have a set of guidelines and suggestions for use as you prepare to facilitate your program.

Answer: The organization that is sponsoring this workshop will be an excellent resource for local transitional housing opportunities. In addition, there are government, nonprofit, veterans’, and faith-based groups that may provide temporary shelter. Different types of shelter include day shelters, emergency homeless shelters, halfway houses, permanent affordable housing, and supportive housing. Look to your sponsoring organization for guidance in this area.

Answer: Yes, it can be more difficult to open a bank account when homeless because opening a bank or credit union account requires proof of address. While some of the homeless still use accounts they held previously, obtaining a new one can be a challenge.

Answer: The homeless can live and sleep in a variety of locations. There are temporary shelters available though most are only open at night. Some homeless shelters are more permanent and are open all day and night. Other people stay at campgrounds, in their cars, on the streets, or in tent cities (legal or otherwise).

Answer: Some individuals and families become homeless because they cannot afford to stay where they are living because of job loss, divorce, illness, etc. Others become homeless because of domestic violence, substance abuse, or institutional discharge. Homelessness may be increasing because wages and affordable housing are decreasing.

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