Newsmakers: PRISM Sees Need for Housing Help Increase
PRISM, a social service nonprofit in Golden Valley, expanded its housing assistance program a year ago and is still seeing increasing need of people facing or experiencing homelessness.
“We receive anywhere from 250-350 calls every month for homelessness prevention services,” said Bridget Glass, housing locator. “Many people are just one paycheck away from homelessness.”
Glass works with people to find housing for people who are experiencing homelessness.
“That can look a lot of different ways, staying with friends, couch surfing or staying in their cars,” explained Glass.
Glass meets with the client and determines next steps. Then, she goes out in the community to help find a place for the client to live. She goes as far as helping with apartment or home showings. PRISM can also help with application and security fees as well as acquiring furniture through the Bridging nonprofit.
Glass says she sees clients who frequently are only one paycheck away from homelessness.
“Homelessness in general has increased a lot since the pandemic and especially since the eviction moratorium has been lifted in June,” said Glass.
To learn about PRISM’s housing programs, click here.
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