Continuum Homeless Grant Fund
The Continuum Homeless Grant Fund was established by the Isabella County Continuum of Care in 2001 with a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations. The primary purpose of the fund is to provide support to the homeless of Isabella County, as described in the Homeless Prevention Services Action Plan.
This fund was started with $30,000 in grant matching funds from the City of Mt. Pleasant and is to be used for future homelessness prevention programming. The Isabella Continuum of Care is comprised of many nonprofit, government, and religious organizations whose representatives meet monthly.
Major issues contributing to homelessness are the lack of affordable housing, debt, disability or a lack of employment opportunities. The fund was started to assist those in need by providing affordable housing and helping with rent. It serves as a preventative measure toward homelessness in Isabella County and as transitional housing for those in need of assistance.
Goals of the Isabella County Continuum of Care include:
- Aiding permanent housing needs of individuals and families through the development and implementation of a housing first plan.
- Providing a single point of entry for homeless related services.
- Local Salvation Army shows a 42% jump in Isabella county homeless persons since 2005.
- January 2007 count showed that 52 homeless individuals lived in Isabella County, a significant increase from the 22 reported in 2005.
- The Coalition Against Homelessness reported in 2007 that 33% of homeless families are working poor and 77% of families are homeless due to the lack of affordable housing.