The Gateway program serves people who:
The Gateway program uses the Housing First model. This means that our clients are housed first and then they are encouraged to address the issues that might have contributed to or caused their homelessness. (This model is considered a best practice.)
The majority of new clients come to the Gateway program through referrals from one of the area’s mental health centers or homeless shelters. We work with clients to find the right housing for them within the limits of the funding that is available.
Those funds come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Each year we receive funding for:
Clients with income are required to pay 30% of it towards their rent and utilities.
We must provide a 25% match and a 150% leverage. Thus, government, client and our agency all are invested in this program.
Housing can be located anywhere in Lake County. We have clients living in Gary, Hammond, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station and Whiting. Landlords must agree to work within the requirements of the Gateway program. All housing must meet HUD-approved standards which are verified by inspection prior to lease-signing.
Once the client has signed a lease with the landlord and documents between Catholic Charities and the landlord are signed, the Gateway program pays the security deposit and begins rent payments.
The client is supported by the Catholic Charities Case Manager from the beginning of this process, through move-in, and beyond. Once the client has moved-in, the Case Manager visits the client at least twice a month, with one of those visits in the client’s home.
While in the program, the client works toward three specific global goals:
Thanks to his program many clients have enjoyed new-found stability, escaped homelessness, increased their employment options, and more. For more information, please contact:
Kay Hosmer, MSW - Program Manager