In addition to developing affordable housing communities, Carrfour helps residents achieve self-sufficiency and success by offering an array of supportive services, including:
Carrfour's supportive services staff provide comprehensive, client-directed advocacy to optimize each client's opportunity for success. Carrfour staff works to connect clients with benefits, mental health and medical services, legal assistance, recovery support, transportation and other services to help the client achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
- Life Skills
Many of Carrfour's clients have either lost or never had the daily living skills necessary to maintain housing and employment, such as making a budget, paying bills, balancing a checkbook, grocery shopping, simple cooking or time management. Carrfour Service Coordinators meet with residents to help them develop these basic skills.
- Job Search and Placement
Carrfour provides hands-on job search and placement assistance to clients. Residents receive clothing for interviews, bus passes, uniforms, tools and other resources to help them gain and maintain employment.
Innovative Programs and Initiatives
Carrfour is also engaged in a series of programs and initiatives designed to foster independence among those in need while providing a foundation for revitalizing neighborhoods, including:
- Operation Sacred Trust
Carrfour's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs, known as Operation Sacred Trust (OST) and Operation Sacred Trust-LIFT (OST-LIFT), are funded by $2.8 million in annual grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – to promote housing stability among very low-income military veteran and their families who are homeless, facing homelessness, or residing in transitional housing. The community-centered initiatives helps Veterans improve social role functioning, interpersonal relationships, decrease symptom distress, and access a range of supportive services as a bridge for former servicemen and women to enter affordable housing or stay in their current homes. Learn more at www.411veterans.com
- Verde Community Farm and Market
The Verde Community Farm and Market – a component of a 22-acre organic farm at Verde Gardens, a community for formerly homeless families operated by Carrfour – features sustainably-grown local foods, meats, dairy and preserves as well as hand-made goods and green products. Residents of Verde Gardens are provided a range of on-site supportive services that integrate innovative farming techniques with much-needed job and life skills, giving them the opportunity to earn a living working at the community’s farm and market.
The Verde Community Farm and Market is located on the corner of SW 280th Street & 127th Avenue and is open to the public year-round. Visit www.verdefarmandmarket.com for hours of operation and more information.
Carrfour operates individual housing units "scattered" at properties within the community whereby it pays a rent subsidy and provides in-home supportive services for a family/resident living in an individual apartment.
- Housing Assistance Program (HAP)
HAP is a couples program that provides permanent supportive housing for two formerly homeless adults impacted by disabilities.
- Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH)
The RRH program provides permanent housing placement with temporary financial assistance and supportive services for up to 12 months.
- Section 8 Mainstream Voucher Program
The Section 8 program provides rental subsidy for residents who have transitioned out of supportive housing programs or who are homeless and have a disability.
- Sun South
Sun South provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless single adults impacted by disabilities.
Third Party Property Management
Carrfour specializes in the management of supportive housing for social needs populations, providing niche property management services to its developments. The organization also provides third party management services for non-Carrfour communities developed by various statewide not-for-profit organizations that lack the capacity to manage their own housing, including:
- Wynwood Apartments
Located at 233 NW 20th Terrace in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, Wynwood Apartments includes 50 supportive housing units for formerly homeless/low-income individuals.
- Shepherd House
Located at 1206-1216 NW 12th Street in Miami's Homestead area, Shepherd House comprises 6 supportive housing units for formerly homeless/low-income individuals.