Homelessness can end
The general public seems to believe that homelessness can’t end. But it can. The families we serve, and the staff at Wellspring, know that there are solutions. There are helpers. There is hope.
The scale of the problem is growing larger by the day, but—one by one—there are families exiting homelessness. There are compassionate front-line workers who help accompany families on the road to stability. At Wellspring, we help families navigate one of life’s worst storms by connecting them to housing resources and other vital support.
Unlike other nonprofits working on homelessness, Wellspring does not own or operate shelter or housing units. Instead, we collaborate with housing providers and property owners to secure housing solutions for community members who have lost their housing or are at risk of losing it.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, the first step is to call 211.
Meeting families where they are
Most of the families and individuals we serve, come to Wellspring by referral from public schools, other social service agencies, faith-based organizations, and government. Our first step is to listen. Every family is different. Some need help to stay housed. Some need help finding emergency shelter. Others need help finding permanent housing.
At Wellspring, we help families find the right path and solutions for their situation.
Preventing homelessness prevents trauma
Wellspring’s housing stability specialists help families in crisis keep their housing by:
- Fully understanding the situation and sharing available options
- Mediating with landlords
- Advocating for families at risk of homelessness
- Negotiating debt
- Helping explain complex tenant rights
- Finding quality services—to supplement housing—that contribute to housing stability (work, medical, counseling, etc.)
Accessing the tools for housing stability
The right support can make all the difference. Our housing staff also assist with:
- Credit checks, application fees, and utility deposits
- Move-in costs (First, last, deposit)
- Language services
- Beds and furniture
- Identification records
- Navigating children’s school outcomes with McKinney-Vento Liaisons
- Family Resource Exchange events at schools, food distributions, and shelters
- Engaging with the Coordinated Entry for All process
Wellspring stepped in during my eviction process to help me financially after I was hospitalized. Wellspring paid the entire debt that I had and helped remove the process from my rental history so I can find a place in the future.”
The most valuable connection to Wellspring is our housing stability specialist. Adriaan is so caring and considerate. I've never met anyone like them. They are always concerned with our needs and help us understand things, that on our own, we might have trouble figuring out. They also see the positive in things which can be hard for us to do on our own due to our backgrounds.”
Providing stability through COVID in 2020
Families served through Housing Services
COVID-related evictions prevented
People who found or retained housing stability