Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
To champion the improved quality of life for homeless families in Montgomery County.
IHC currently serves 16 families in 11 scattered-site housing units that are owned by IHC as well as 5 apartments that IHC co-owns with a private developer. The recipients of this program are Montgomery County families who currently are or have been homeless or who are at risk of being homeless. The services provided are: 1) Rental of decent affordable housing at no more than 1/3 of the family's income, 2) Linking families to services and subsidies for which they are eligible (e.g. rent, child care and health care subsidies), 3) Assisting families in finding and pursuing educational opportunities that will enhance job potential (completing GED, pursuing vocational/technical skills or certificates, pursing college course work, etc.), 4) Linking families to physical and mental health care providers and to recovery support systems, if needed, 5) Budget counseling with the goal of clearing their credit history. In the past 15 years IHC has helped 31 families make significant and sustained progress.