Having affordable, safe and stable places to live anchors families and individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential in all areas of their lives. CUP housing security efforts focus first on preventing homelessness. For families experiencing homelessness, we concentrate on personalized, intensive case management services aimed at moving them back to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Seeing our clients reach housing that is both permanent and safe is the ultimate goal.
In addition to being what is best for families and individuals, the most cost effective way to deal with the issues of homelessness is to prevent it from happening.
CUP’s homeless prevention focus includes:
Holy Angels is an 18-bed, 24/7 shelter program serving single women, mothers with children, and intact families. In addition to meeting basic needs of safety, food, clothing, and shelter, CUP’s intensive case management program is centered on personalized housing stability plans.
EMERGENCY MOTEL PROGRAM
Partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, and with funds contributed by private individuals, CUP delivers emergency motel nights for people in short-term housing crises, including victims of issues such as domestic violence. The voucher program adds capacity when shelters are full and keeps families together and safe until permanent housing solutions are found.
Safe and Permanent Housing
ANCHORS is Catholic Urban Programs’ trauma-informed housing security program that addresses the safety and well-being needs of clients residing in the East St. Louis Public Housing Developments. This innovative initiative is in response to feedback from some Griffin Center families who are currently paying market-rate rent in public housing. These clients report feeling “stuck” due to the lack of savings for security deposit and first month’s rent. This strategic effort is aimed at helping move families living in unsafe, violent and deteriorating public housing into safer neighborhoods to enhance their physical and mental well-being.
Catholic Urban Programs
P.O. Box 3310
East St. Louis, IL 62203