How do you define homelessness?

There is no one size fits all definition for homelessness. Pathlight HOME defines homelessness as anyone who lacks housing. A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation.

Within this definition of homelessness are a variety of different circumstances, conditions and severities. Chronic Homeless is typically some who has been without a permanent home for an extended period of time and suffers from a debilitating mental illness, physical disability or substance dependency. The US Government defines Chronic Homelessness as anyone who has been homeless for a length of 12 months or has experienced homelessness in 4 or more episodes over the past 3 years totally 12 months in duration.

Family Homelessness is defined as any adult with an accompanied minor who lacks permanent housing. This includes families who are in temporary shelters and those who survive through short-term rental arrangements like motels. Families with children, single adults, teenagers and older individuals of all races struggle with the devastating effects of homelessness. The primary cause of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. Over five million low-income households have serious housing problems due to high housing costs, substandard housing conditions or both.

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Do you serve families?

Most of our housing units have an occupancy limit of two individuals, which makes serving families difficult. However, we are currently working on a strategy to develop 13 2 and 3 BR family cottages. If you are interested in helping us accomplish this vision, please give us a call.

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What is Housing First?

Housing First is an evidence-based approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.

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Who is eligible for housing and services at Pathlight HOME?

Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments is in compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Laws outlined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will actively pursue and offer equal housing to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familiar status.

In applying for residency at Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments part of our processing and qualifications include the following guidelines.

  1. All units are efficiencies.
  2. $20 application fee in the form of a money order or cashier’s check.
  3. A copy of your Driver’s License and Social Security card will be needed and will be maintained as part of your records.
  4. Proof of homelessness.
  5. Credit, criminal and rental history reports will be obtained on all occupants’ 18 years or older.
  6. Proof of income, three-paycheck stubs and/or employment verification of income must be presented before move in. If self employed, a copy of your last Income Tax Return is needed. Original employment verification letters must be returned before application is processed. Applicants receiving child support must show proof of income. Acceptable verification includes court records, check stubs and bank statements or other financial documentation.
  7. Asset information; including but not limited to checking account (6 consecutive monthly statements), savings account (1 statement, most recent), and balance inquiry from ATM for Direct Express and/or pay card programs.
  8. If all occupants are students, the household must meet one of the following exceptions;
    1. At least one member of the household receives assistance under Title IV of the Social Security Act (ex. AFDC).
    2. At least one member of the household is currently enrolled in a job training program that receives assistance under the Job Training Partnership ACT (JTPA).
    3. The head of household is a single parent with children and neither the parent nor the children are the dependent of another individual.
    4. The members of the household are married and file a joint federal tax return.
  9. Total household income cannot exceed property’s income guidelines released annually.
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How long are people allowed to stay at Pathlight HOME?

All of our units are permanent housing. Each resident/tenant determines his/her own length of stay. All leases are renewable on 1 year terms and are only terminated in accordance with applicable law.

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Are Pathlight HOME’s housing options safe and secure?

All units have their own secured entrance. The grounds are well lit and monitored by security cameras 24/7. Security personnel are onsite evenings/weekends and property management during office hours.

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Does Pathlight HOME provide housing for free?

No, Pathlight HOME provides affordable housing for those exiting homelessness. We operate several programs for homeless and chronically homeless individuals in which rents are subsidized for those with little or no income.

Through charging affordable rents to very low income and formerly homeless residents Pathlight HOME instills much more than a sense of dignity and ownership. Seventy-Five percent of revenues, generated through affordable rents and a sustainable asset management plan, are part of Pathlight HOME’s recipe for success.

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If Pathlight HOME charges for housing and runs businesses, why do they need donations?

Ninety percent of the income needed to operate our properties and programs comes from affordable rents and grants. While sustainable asset management means these units will be around for years to come, ten percent of our budget still relies on the help of the community. This help from our community partners provides wrap-around case management that brings health and healing to our residents along with innovative employment training in conjunction with our social enterprises.

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Who funds Pathlight HOME?

Pathlight HOME is an enterprising non-profit. Earned revenues cover Three quarters of our annual expenses. This includes rents, sales through Pathlight Catering, Pathlight Kitchen, and Sobik’s Café. The remainder of our funding comes through grants and community partners like you.

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Do you have opportunities for volunteers?

Yes! We could not accomplish our mission without volunteers. Please explore some ways to get involved.

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