Gateway Supportive Housing

Gateway Housing


Catholic Charities has operated Gateway program since 2006.
110 adults and 60 children have received permanent supportive housing during the past 10 years.


Housing First: meaning that clients do not “get prepared” for housing.
Clients are housed first, then they are encouraged to work on certain issues that might have contributed to or even caused their homelessness (*This philosophy falls under nationally considered “best practices” for housing programs)


Housing can occur anywhere in Lake County with landlords willing to work with the Gateway program.
Current housing is located in Gary, Hammond, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station and Whiting.
Housing must pass a HUD-based inspection.

Criteria & Qualifications

Mental Health: Clients must be diagnosed with a “severe mental illness” and/or substance abuse as diagnosed by a psychiatrist.
Homelessness: Clients must meet the criteria of “chronic homelessness” meaning either:

  • Having been homeless (living in a shelter, living on the streets, living in a vehicle for the past year, living in an abandoned building, living in a building which is considered to be “not fit for human habitation” (a garage with no utilities/water), or
  • Having been homeless (the same definition as above) for 4 separate episodes over the past 3 years (the 4 episodes must total 1 year)


Main source: federal government (HUD) to the State of Indiana (IHCDA) to Catholic Charities.
Each year Catholic Charities receives enough funding for:

  • 40 - 1 bedroom units at the Fair Market Rate (which is currently $646 – rent to include utilities) for 12 months
  • 10 - 2 bedroom units at the Fair Market Rate (currently $805 – rent to include utilities) for 12 months

Catholic Charities is required to come up with a 25% “match” for those funds and a 150% “leverage”
Clients with income required to pay 30% of it towards their rent and utilities.

Gateway Program Operation

The majority of new clients come to the program as referrals from one of the mental health centers or homeless shelters.
Once adequate housing is located and the unit passes inspection, the client signs a lease with the landlord, documents are signed between the landlord and Catholic Charities, and the Gateway program pays the security deposit and begins rental payments.

  • Thereafter, the Case Manager visits the client at least twice a month, with one of the visits occurring in the client’s home

The client works toward three specific global goals:

  • Achieving and maintaining permanent housing
  • Achieving greater self-determination
  • Increasing income and/or non-cash benefits

Gateway Program
Kay Hosmer, MSW - Program Manager

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