We offer after care to all the previous residents of our Transitional Living Programs (TLPs): Martha’s House, Gatewood and the Carolyn Williams Center. We maintain regular communication with them through phone calls, direct mail and electronic communication to make sure their needs are being met and that they have access to services for which they qualify.
We also work with individuals who are ready to begin transitioning out of our programs. We help them identify housing options and provide guidance on all aspects of living independently (bill paying, budgeting and communication skills). We refer them to outside service partners and work with their landlord as needed.
The Beacon Program
The Beacon program helps individuals transition from homelessness by providing them with supportive housing and enabling them to live as independently as possible. All participants must commit to the program, be classified as chronically homeless, have a diagnosed mental health illness and/or a history of substance abuse, have income and show a need for our services. After the participant locates an apartment, duplex or house, we ensure the residence is in compliance with the habitability standards, meets the Oklahoma“fair market rent” standards as determined by HUD and follows The Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination.
By participating in the Beacon program, an individual agrees to actively work through the program and create a plan to achieve the goals set for each participant. Before the client completes the program, we work with the participant to ensure that he/she is equipped with and has access to the necessary tools in order to live independently in permanent housing.
Working with the program has helped me to understand the responsibilities of living on my own and I am thankful to have someone to help me through it.
Watch an interview with one of our after care clients, Desmond.