The objective of supportive service provision is to aid tenants in establishing and maintaining their ability to live independently. Assisting tenants in achieving this stability is accomplished through the utilization of Residential Service Coordinators (RSC’s) who provide direct on-site services, as well as refer and link tenants to community programs. All tenants have access to a variety of services including:
RSC’s assist each tenant to establish an achievement plan to meet their individual need. RSCs and tenants work together to develop the steps necessary to achieve these goals.
Tenants are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes including money management, personal empowerment, effective communication skills, health and nutrition, cooking, cultural knowledge and acceptance, and housekeeping.
Recovery support services include individual and group processing, “12 Step” classes, workshops, crisis counseling and referral to inpatient programs when necessary.
Services are designed to assist parents and their families to live independently. Services include parent education, child development, children’s after school and enrichment programs, teen peer groups, tutoring and homework assistance, and when necessary school and court liaison. Partner organizations regularly provide on site activities for our youth.
Childcare facilities are located on site at several of ACOF’s family properties. Childcare is available to the tenants’ children as well as members of the surrounding community.
Tenants receive assistance in learning transportation systems. In many instances bus tokens are available to tenants. ACOF operates several minivans to transport tenants to organized group activities and events.
Services are designed to assist tenants identify, develop and strengthen existing employment skills. Workshops are offered in the areas of job readiness, vocational preferences, resume writing, interviewing, employment retention and on-going work place support. Referrals are made to local work force programs specially designed to meet the needs of our tenants.
Mental health services are delivered by professionals in the mental health field and include: psychiatric assessment and evaluation, therapy, crisis intervention, and medication management services.
Designed to assist transitional age youth (TAY) (ages 18 to 21) emancipating from foster care and facing conditions of homelessness, the Step-Out Apartments have broken new ground in the housing and treatment of these young adults. The program offers 20 beds for formerly homeless foster youth released from the County foster care system. The program combines housing with counseling; life skills and independent living training; employment readiness training; budgeting and money management; educational assistance; socialization skills; and health services, all in a secure and nurturing environment where these young adults can prepare to become independent and self-sufficient.