State awards $650K to 10 nonprofits offering home stabilization services

PROVIDENCE – Ten local nonprofits offering home stabilization services received $650,000 in state grants from two programs to make investments in staffing, professional development and technology.

The R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Tuesday that the grant recipients must utilize within one year the funding for retention bonuses for staff, recruitment bonuses for new employees, professional development or consultant services. The grants distributed will also help the organizations establish or strengthen their partnerships with the state’s Medicaid system, and to improve their electronic records and technology systems, state officials say.

State officials says home stabilization programs offer residents time-limited services to eligible Medicaid members. Among them are home tenancy support, life skills training, and other modeling and teaching services for individuals who require support in maintaining a home, and home finder services to individuals who require support in securing and transitioning to housing.

“One … [strategy] is ensuring supportive services that focus on finding homes or rental units, keeping individuals housed, and providing the wraparound services to address health needs,” McKee said in a statement. “To do this, strengthening the home stabilization services workforce by recruiting, retaining and training staff within organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness is critical.”

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The organizations that received the grants, and their amounts, are:

  • Newport Mental Health, $189,857
  • Project Weber/RENEW, $93,650
  • The Providence Center, $64,671
  • Wood River Health Services, $59,603
  • House of Hope, $50,412
  • Crossroads Rhode Island, $43,033
  • Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness, $42,374
  • Sojourner House, $35,200
  • Child and Family Services of Rhode Island, $35,000
  • Communities for People, $12,000

The grantees will also have an opportunity this August to apply for another round of grants totaling $150,000, state officials say.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.