Opening its doors in 1994, WIHN has developed into a multi-faceted program addressing homelessness and its causes. WIHN provides temporary stability to homeless families as they work toward permanent independence. Professional staff provides daily individual case management, including education on how to budget their money, short term crisis counseling, referrals to local housing programs and income-based apartments, and ongoing encouragement to assist guests in getting back on their feet.
Emergency Shelter Program
Each evening in Wake County, two churches provide shelter, meals and transportation for up to five families each, serving up to 10 families every night in the WIHN program. WIHN mobilizes more than 2200 volunteers from over fifty host and support congregations. The teamwork of the churches and dedication of volunteers are keys to the success of this program.
Families who have successfully participated in the Emergency Shelter Program are offered ongoing case management services. The services are provided to ensure that families can successfully sustain their independence and include: life skills development; health and wellness; budget and credit counseling; employment; and financial assistance when available.
Transitional Housing Program
This program became operational in February 2011 through a 12-unit apartment building next to the Day Center. By adding transitional housing, WIHN enables guest families to have a much higher chance of remaining independent through intensive case management services and stable housing. Families who successfully complete the Emergency Shelter Program are eligible to live in a WIHN apartment for up to one year.
The Transitional Housing Program consists of four service components: intensive case management; life skills education and skill attainment; staff facilitated support groups; and information and referral services. The service plan addresses: nutrition, budgeting, eating habits, healthy recipes for a tight budget, counseling for abuse, coping with stress, disciplining of children, communication skills, education and job training, housing resources, and medical referrals. Upon transition out of the program, each family will have attained stability in housing and work, and will be contributing to the community.
New Lease on Life
After successful completion of WIHN’s Transitional Housing Program, families can be referred to the New Lease on Life Program. New Lease on Life is a program offered by the Triangle Apartment Association in partnership with Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network. New Lease on Life assists families by providing high quality apartment housing at a reduced and affordable rate for a period of 1 to 2 years, provided the family continues to participate in WIHN case management services.