“It was nice to bring our baby to a home from the hospital instead of to our truck.”
On a Friday afternoon in October 2014, we received a phone call from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. They found a family of five with a pregnant mom living in a truck in a public park. We checked them into the Family Haven that evening.
Agbor and Ndolo are originally from Cameroon, Africa. They came to the U.S. on the lottery system in 2009. They moved from the Family Haven into our Home Again (permanent supportive housing) program on Feb 10, 2015, before having their baby.
During their stay with us we were able to …
On April 14th Today.com posted an article online naming Northport-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida as the happiest city in the U.S., but according to recent articles by The New York Times and the Herald Tribune, children being raised in our county, Sarasota County, are at a significant disadvantage when compared to children growing up in the average U.S. county.
Sarasota’s ability to provide affordable housing is a major contributor to these issues we face as a community. One in every five families in Sarasota County are using half of their wages just to keep a roof over their head. Moreover, studies show that the median home value (up 6% from 2000) and cost of rental housing in the region continues to rise and become increasing unaffordable. With 14% of Sarasota and 23% of our county’s children living in poverty, the need for supportive affordable housing is greater than ever.
Here in Sarasota, homelessness is an epidemic felt by those who experience its pain, and by those who try to end it. At Harvest House, we believe that every family and individual deserves a chance. With the support of our donors, we are able to provide emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for families and individuals, including case management and wrap-around services to assist them throughout their journey to an independent, sustainable lifestyle.
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Please note, submitting an application for an NSP Affordable Rental does not guarantee housing. Units do not become available very often, so Harvest House will hold your application for 6 months in case a unit becomes available. The NSP program has strict gross income limits that are determined by HUD. Please see the chart below to ensure that your household meets the income requirements. Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting an application does not guarantee housing. Our goal is to serve as many families as possible, but due to limitations, we select those with the highest acuity of need first. We hold applications for 6 months in case an opening fits the needs of each applicant over that time period.
Home Again is a housing program that helps families prepare for long-term housing stability. The best fit for the program is families that have many challenges to housing, but are willing to engage with the program to improve their housing situation. Families must be willing to set goals, meet regularly with a case manager, attend life skills classes, and participate in individual housing stability plans.