CalFresh Outreach is an integral part of our services. The primary way we connect with new people in need of services in the area, our outreach workers help inform people about our programs. Our outreach workers serve lunches 4 days a week in Arcata and 1 day a week in Manila and inform each person about the different services we, and other organizations, offer, including information about CalFresh and how to apply for benefits. With the help of our outreach workers, people are signed up for CalFresh, and get access to healthier food options for themselves and their families.
Our gleaner reaches out and has developed a relationship with many local grocery stores. Our gleaner collects food that can no longer be sold, is passed it's sell-by date, and would otherwise be thrown away, but that is still okay to eat. Gathering around 1,000 pounds of food a day, he distributes it all to the food pantries at Arcata House Partnership, Food for People, the Family Resource Centers, and the Senior Center. To this effort, Arcata House Partnership has also just begun managing the weekly Arcata Food Pantry, in which low-income and homeless people can come "shop" for the most essential items they need each week.
CalFresh also helps to fund nutrition education programs with our shelter, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing programs, and clients learn how to shop for and cook healthier foods. We also have gardens at our shelters to help our clients learn where food comes from, what grows locally, and how to maintain and harvest a garden.
Permanent Supportive Housing and
These programs are an approach to quickly connect people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions to entry, such as sobriety. Case management is offered after clients are entered into housing to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness.
Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a program which serves chronically homeless and disabled adults and families. Arcata House Partnership operates two PSH programs, Apartment's First! and the Susie Van Kirk House which serve 27 people.
Apartment's Fist! clients live in their own apartments or houses, and pay 30% of their income as rent. Clients have a case manager who acts as an advocate on their behalf, helps teach life-skills when needed, and provides support to them when needed.
The Susie Van Kirk (SVK) House is a congregant living facility, where clients each have their own room and share common areas, like roommates. Clients also pay 30% of their income as rent, and receive a case manager to help support them in their transition to independent living as well.
Rapid Rehousing, our newest program, also serves chronically homeless and disabled adults and families. Based on the same philosophy as permanent supportive housing, the case manager helps to find permanent housing for clients as quickly as possible, serving those most in need of support. Clients also pay 30% of their income as rent, and receive case management and connections to other services as needed.
Our shelters are both at capacity.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for either program,
please call 2-1-1 or (707) 633-6236
The adult shelter, former the night shelter, is a long-term shelter facility for adults without children. Staffed 24 hours and with a capacity for 20 people, clients stay at the shelter while they get back on their feet and find independent living. Clients live in dorm-style housing with communal living areas, and staff provide meals and other necessities. Meals are made by staff and donated generously by local faith groups. In addition, clients meet with a case manager regarding applying for services, identifying barriers to housing, and help learning life skills education.
The family shelter is a long-term shelter program for adults with children, helping families transition out of homelessness. With four buildings located throughout Arcata, families live in communal housing facilities with private rooms and shared common areas. Combined, the family shelters can serve around 40 people, or 10 families. Clients meet with a case manager to identify and remedy barriers to housing, receive help applying for services, and gain life skills education such as budgeting or nutrition education. Case managers also assist clients in securing independent living.