Making A New House A Home For Our Housing Program Clients

Contents of a standard housing starter kitThis spring, HVCS tried something new with our Housing Program: we purchased thirty large “housing kits” for clients going into new apartments. The kits contain new, common household items–like bedding, kitchenware and utensils–that are likely beyond the financial means of clients who were previously homeless. These are also items that are not available at food pantries. “When we get clients into new housing, they often arrive with the clothes on their backs or a small box of possessions,” said Ginny Schneider, HVCS’ Director of Client Services. “These kits give them a head start on making their new place a home.”

The Housing Program will distribute fifteen kits in our Lower Hudson region, and fifteen in the Mid-Hudson. If this pilot venture works well, we will allocate more of the program’s budget to purchasing additional kits. This venture is similar to our new HomeStarter program now operating in Rockland.

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