Housing and Homeless Services
UCAN operates several programs that provide support to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Our work includes a focus on several special populations, such as veterans and people with a serious mental illness. The services provided through these programs include:
- Education on leases
- Landlord outreach and education
- Tenant/landlord mediation
- Work with landlords to avoid tenant evictions
- Guidance on being a good tenant
- Peer support
- Help with selection of housing
- Help with move-in arrangements
- Rental assistance
- Move-in cost assistance
- Deposit assistance
- Information and referral
- Goal setting and action planning
We work to ensure that those at-risk of homelessness have the best opportunity to keep their housing, and those who are homeless are rapidly rehoused. Our support staff work in partnership with people, focusing on their strengths. Staff help people by guiding them through a self-assessment, in which each person determines how well they are doing in a variety of areas, and what type of improvement they would like to achieve in those areas.
Our staff help people develop their own plans to work toward their goals. Plans contain action steps and identify resources people need to attain their own goals. For example, a person who does not drive may identify that they would like to obtain their driver's license. Staff would help this person learn what they need to do to obtain a license, and refer them to the local Driver and Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to obtain the license. In doing so, staff foster a renewed sense of hope for those who have run up against significant barriers time and time again.
If you know someone who needs help paying rent in Douglas County, please have them call (541) 492-3926 or (800) 301-8226 and ask for extension 3926 and listen carefully to the entire recorded message. In Josephine County, please have them call (541) 956-4073.