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Infographic: Just How Long Does It Take to House a Homeless Resident?

Published June 18, 2019
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Once someone becomes homeless, how long does it take for them to find a permanent home again? Hint: It often takes longer than 30 days. Every unsheltered adult has a unique story and unique challenges.

In HHSA's "From Homeless to Home" timeline infographics, we attempt to show just how long it can take.

Here's Julie's story.

Feb. 2018 - Due to health issues, Julie and Ben Harmon lose their house because they can’t afford the mortgage. They sleep in their truck for two months.

April 2018HHSA Social Worker Neil Young does his first intake with Julie. 

April 2018 – Neil begins providing case management for Julie and Ben. He finds them temporary housing, so they’re safe. 

May 2018 – Julie completes the application for a Section 8 housing voucher so they can afford rent. In this case, fortunately, the referral coming from HHSA helped Julie and Ben move up the waiting list. 

July 2018 – Julie applies to be an In-Home Support Services worker for her husband Ben, who’s suffering from dementia. 

August 2018 – Julie signs the lease for their new apartment on Willis Street. HHSA’s Unsheltered Adult program provides rental assistance so they can afford it while their IHSS and Section 8 Applications continue to be processed. 

Oct. 2018 – Julie signs the contract to be an IHSS worker. 

Jan. 2019 – Julie begins receiving her Section 8 housing voucher. 


And here's John's story.


Nov. 2017 – John, who struggles with mental health conditions, sobriety and a disability, is enrolled in the Whole Person Care program. He’s also experienced periods of homelessness in the past.

June 2018 – He receives a notice he must vacate his group home, putting at risk of homelessness.

June 2018 – WPC staff assist John in arranging an extended stay at the Crisis Residential and Recovery Center until he can find another place to live.

Aug. 2018 – WPC staff helps John re-apply for a Section 8 housing voucher. His previous voucher had expired because he couldn’t find a suitable place to live.

Aug. 2018 – While the Section 8 application is processed, HHSA provides rental assistance to John.

Aug. 2018 – John moves into his apartment off Placer St.

March 2019 – John’s Section 8 voucher is approved.

March 2019 – John graduates from Whole Person Care and no longer needs HHSA’s rental assistance.

April 2019 – John’s Section 8 housing assistance begins. He has more income to spend on clothes and other necessities.

Today – John is sober, healthier and able to focus on his artwork. He still lives in the same apartment and hopes to go back to school and earn a degree in social science.

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