Have a question about Sarah's Circle? These FAQs might help!
1. What is Sarah's Circle?
Sarah's Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing assistance, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential. Sarah’s Circle provides a full continuum of services, designed to help prevent homelessness, house a women who is homeless, and help maintain permanent housing stability. Programs include the Daytime Support Center, a 50 bed Interim Housing (shelter) program, and 30 units of Permanent Supportive Housing
2. What causes women to become homeless?
The reasons for homelessness are complex. A shortage of affordable housing, inadequate mental health services, low wages, and inequities related to race and ethnicity are major structural causes of homelessness. Domestic violence, disabling conditions, overburdened support systems, and job loss add to the structural causes. Women often struggle with multiple issues before becoming homeless. For many who work low wage jobs, are without an income, or are trying to survive on disability benefits, market-rate housing is out of reach. Waiting lists for subsidized housing can stretch for years leaving women without a safe place to live while they wait.
3. How long do women stay engaged with Sarah's Circle?
The length of time varies from person to person. Women can come and stay for as long as they find the services beneficial. The Interim Housing program is designed to help women transition from homelessness to permanent housing in 120 days. Though women are allowed to stay longer than 120 days, this program is not intended to be long-term. The Permanent Supportive Housing Program is permanent housing for women with a history of chronic homelessness, which includes a disabling condition. The Daytime Support Center is available to any woman, and provides services to women from every zip code in the City. Some women come once or twice while others have been attending for many years, primarily as a means of maintaining housing stability.
4. Does Sarah's Circle provide services to help women escape poverty?
Yes. Each woman engaged in case management, Interim Housing, or the Permanent Supportive Housing completes a service plan with her case manager when she enters the program. For women who are homeless, housing and securing an income go hand in hand and are often the primary goals in a service plan. Case managers provide women with referrals to collaborating employment service organizations depending on their needs and interests.