CUP provides rental and utility assistance to prevent at risk households from becoming homeless. CUP supports individuals by covering utility and rental arrears, first month’s rent and security deposits. Without help, many of our clients face homelessness. For example, in extreme temperatures high utility bills can lead to disconnection, which often means landlords filing for eviction. In those cases when a move is eminent due to unpaid rent and/or shut off utilities, CUP can assist with security deposits and first month’s rent. This assistance provides relief of worry and makes it easier for the family to begin a better life in their new home.
CUP responds to the issue of homelessness and housing security through: CUP’s Holy Angels Shelter, the administration of a Homeless Prevention and Rapid-Rehousing program, management of a homeless motel voucher program, and will soon launch a new safety initiative, ANCHORS.
Holy Angels Shelter
When emergency shelter is needed, Holy Angels operates an 18-bed, 24/7 shelter program serving single women, mothers with children, and intact families. We are the only shelter in the county accepting families with the father present and/or male children over age 12. Clients are referred from the St. Clair County Housing Resource Center, our HUD-mandated lead agency for coordinated entry. In addition to having their basic needs of safety, food, clothing, and shelter met, clients receive weekly in-depth case management services that include housing stability plans with the completion of SMART goals required for success. CUP also partners with Caritas Family Solutions for mental health support services as necessary. Holy Angels’ program emphasizes empowering all clients to overcome obstacles leading to homelessness, to develop the personal capacity that fosters lives of resilience and self-sufficiency, and to become contributing members of society.
Emergency Motel Nights
Through our partnership with IDHS, and with funds contributed by private individuals, HSO 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. Motel vouchers carry a maximum of 14 nights with proof of progression on a housing stabilization plan. Program participants receive case management services and referrals to community resources.
New ANCHORS Program
ANCHORS is a new trauma-informed care housing security pilot program that will address the safety and well-being needs of clients residing in the East St. Louis Public Housing Developments. This innovative initiative is in response to our client’s feedback and it is our strategic effort to help move families living in unsafe, violent and deteriorating public housing into safer neighborhoods to enhance their physical and mental well-being.
The desired outcome for these programs is an end to homelessness and unsafe living conditions for the families we serve.
Catholic Urban Programs
P.O. Box 3310
East St. Louis, IL 62203