The Salvation Army is launching a program to help keep people in their homes.
The Eviction Diversion program will work with families who are facing a housing crisis, but have not yet received an eviction notice.
The Salvation Army has hired a full-time person for the program. That person will connect families with programs in the community that will help them stay in their home. "This will make it so that they can become more self-sufficient and independent by utilizing the community based resources that we have," said new Outreach Case Manager Tennille Spears.
Spears' position is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. They feel often times people need help, but don't know where to go to get it.
They wanted one spot people can go to get connected to a number of different resources. "Every person that we can take from a homeless situation to one of more secure housing, it actually costs society less in the long run so it is a real benefit for community members as well as helping people in need," said Dale Walter of Bremer Bank.
People in need of help can be referred by a landlord or case manager. They can also contact the Salvation Army directly.