Our priority as an organization is to offer a safe home like setting for LGBTQ young adults, as well as any young adult who may be at risk of becoming homeless or is currently homeless . This will serve as short term housing solutions for those in need while working closely with our case managers and social workers to put long term goals in place that will lead to self sufficiency and long term independence.
Our Programs includes:
· Safe Shelter – emergency housing resources, rapid rehousing programs, housing programs offer an expected stay of up to 6 months.
· LGBT-Focused -exclusively focused on young adult men of color ages 18-24.
· Case management – A case manager meets bi-weekly with each youth to build a map towards stability and self-sufficiency and to access needed services and resources from other community organizations
· Healthcare & Mental Health Services – Every individual will be promptly assessed to determine immediate needs of each person entering the program. We partner with other local agencies and organizations to provide access to primary medical care, dental, HIV testing, as well as mental health and substance abuse assessments and treatments.
· Domestic Violence / Intimate Partner Violence – Dune’s LGBT Homeless Solutions Foundation recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and all others within the LGBTQ spectrum (LGBTQ+) experience domestic violence and abuse at a high rate. We work on the state and local level to make sure that LGBTQ+ victims and survivors get the help that they need. We have also built relationships with other local organization and agencies that will provide training, resources, and domestic violence programs that will provide meaningful services to LGBTQ+ victims and survivors.
· COVID-19 – Continuing homeless services during community spread of COVID-19 is critical. Dune’s has implemented plans to maintain services for all people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Furthermore, clients who are positive for COVID-19 need to have access to services and a safe place to stay, separated from others who are not infected. To facilitate the continuation of services, community coalitions should identify resources to support people sleeping outside as well as additional temporary housing, including sites with individual rooms that are able to provide appropriate services, supplies, and staffing.
Isolation sites for people who are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 by laboratory testing
· Quarantine sites are available for people who were exposed to COVID-19, waiting to take their rapid test and/or PCR test, and awaiting test results.
We are currently offering job resources such as resume writing workshops, job readiness, GED assistance classes, vocational training and working with the local workforce to help offer job assistance.