Seniors Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness hits hard: research shows that a 50-year-old individual experiencing homelessness is the geriatric equivalent of a 70-year-old who is housed. And, unfortunately, our homeless population is ageing.
We recognize that not every senior coming into our shelter is ready for a one-time support. To that end, PACEM employs at least one SOAR Certified staff member to assist individuals in the disability application process. Our full team of case managers also refer guests to longer-term housing subsidies and programs.
Secure Seniors Program
In 2018 PACEM and AIM partnered to provide dedicated funding and post-housing counseling for our oldest shelter guests. Our shelter case workers screen each guest and screen referrals from community providers like PATH (street outreach) and our partner shelter, The Salvation Army.
Qualifying shelter guests who have identified a unit with their case manager receive the following supports through our housing program:
- $750 toward the first month’s rent
- $750 toward the security deposit
- A welcome basket of essential items and access to basic furniture
- 12 months of case management to navigate the transition
Become Our Partner!
We are so grateful to our community of supportive landlords. Do you have a unit on the market? Please consider joining our effort to re-house our oldest shelter guests in safe and stable environments. For more information, email PACEM staff.