empowering people to become self-reliant

Housing

esr housing services in winston-salem and forsyth county

A place to stay on the way back

We can assist you in stabilizing your employment, housing, financial, familial, and psychological circumstances in a way that helps achieve the highest possible standard of living.

ESR can provide essential, non-duplicated services to clients in need in a cost-effective manner by working with many partners Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area to reduce homelessness and help residents maintain their housing stability. These include the Community Intake Center, the Housing Authority, and other shelters in the area. A variety of partners help us meet client healthcare, childcare, transportation, and other basic needs. About 95% of families that participate develop housing stability, and maintain their housing placements once they leave the program. Additionally, there is often a wage progression among working clients that helps maintain housing stability.

During fiscal year 2013 – 2014 ESR provided transitional housing to homeless households properties that would allow them time to locate permanent housing as they gained self-reliance.

In recent years, community action has begun to embrace the philosophy of “Housing First” which maintains that once a household has a roof, other needs can be more easily met. Accordingly, our Housing Program has moved away from “transitional” into “permanent” housing to align with community and funding trends. The “Housing First” approach to homeless services allows clients to first stabilize their housing and then work on the factors that will help them remain stable in their housing, such as improving their household income or obtaining more suitable employment, improving transportation, and other self-sufficiency factors.