SH 9: Enhanced Shelter Services
Enhanced shelter services provide an array of services, directly or by referral, that help residents obtain housing and plan for reintegration into community life.
NA The organization does not provide enhanced shelters or shelters for homeless and runaway children and youth.
Housing support includes:
- assistance obtaining a safe, stable living environment;
- information about available community housing options;
- education on tenant rights and responsibilities; and
- advocacy for safe, affordable, appropriate housing.
NA The service population
is limited to children and youth for whom living independently is not an alternative.
Education that promotes independence, and/or housing readiness, includes:
- activities of daily living;
- household management;
- budgeting and money management;
- credit and debt counseling;
- the use of community resources;
- information about public assistance; and
- interpersonal communication.
NA The service population is limited to children and youth for whom living independently is not an alternative.
Health services include, as needed:
- routine medical care;
- clinical services including substance use and mental health services;
- medication management and/or monitoring;
- age or developmentally appropriate information, including pregnancy prevention, family planning, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases; and
- harm reduction.
Medical and dental assessments
for children and youth should be conducted in accordance with well-child guidelines. See also, RPM 3, Medication
Control and Administration
Support services include, as needed:
- legal assistance;
- case advocacy;
- help with basic literacy;
- parent education and family support; and
- child care.
Employment and vocational support includes helping residents:
- develop the habits, skills, and self-awareness essential to employability;
- write resumes, complete job applications, and prepare for interviews; and
- find and access local employment resources and placement options, including on-the-job training.
NA The organization only serves youth under 16 years of age.
Progress toward achieving service goals
is reviewed with the resident every two weeks, or more often, depending on the needs of the person or family and/or expected length of stay.