WHP provides nine-months of comprehensive case management services including an assessment of needs, development of a self-sufficiency plan, constant monitoring, and advocacy. Families either remain housed in their current apartment or are placed in apartment complexes zoned to their child’s current school, which ensures that the children remain in the same schools for the entire school year. While clients work on their individual goals and seek or retain employment, WHP may assist with basic living expenses, such as rent, utilities, transportation, child-care, and job-related education and training, until the family is able to cover these expenses.
Clients are referred to us from school counselors, apartment managers, and local congregations. Once a referral comes in, WHP screens the family to determine if they are eligible for our program.
Families must be homeless or on the verge of eviction to qualify. In addition, they must have a child enrolled in an Spring Branch ISD or a Katy ISD school, at least one adult must be able to work legally in the United States, and this adult is required to be employed within two months of entering WHP’s Hand-Up Housing program.