Helping individuals overcome barriers to permanent housing

Homelessness is a complex condition that can result from a variety of factors including: 

  • Lack of housing that is affordable to their income
  • Unemployment/lack of sufficient wage
  • Domestic violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Lack of education
  • Transportation barriers
  • Money/debt management

Providing homeless individuals with the services and resources to overcome their housing crisis, Waypoint offers emergency shelter at the Madge Phillips Center Shelter and a variety of Homeless and Housing Support Services. These services work in tandem to serve individuals' basic needs while developing long-term solutions to maintaining permanent housing. 

Following best practice models to improve overall outcomes

Throughout the country there are changes in how communities are addressing homelessness. Models like “Housing First” are on the forefront of these discussions as programs look to shift from sheltering to solutions to address homelessness. Programs are finding ways to support “Opening Doors, a Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness”.

This plan has a vision:

  • No one should experience homelessness
  • No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home

Waypoint continues to evaluate best practice models with positive outcomes that best support a household’s success in attaining housing.

The State of Homelessness in America – 2012 marked a decrease in homelessness throughout the country. It provides a state by state comparison. Overall, Iowa reduced homelessness by 6.6% in 2012.

View the full report here.

Learn more about the state of homelessness in the U.S.:

Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness? Check out this article from Lendedu for some tips to getting back on your feet: 

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