A Home 4 Everyone is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping both individuals and families find affordable and subsidized housing in Massachusetts. As strong advocates, we also assist in helping families keep their tenancy or section 8 when faced with unfair practices they while residing in current housing or holding a section 8 certificate.
From start to finish we go the extra mile. As the lengthy application process can be intimidating, we assist in filling out, submitting, and responding to all applications of our clients. Once an applicant is selected for an apartment and all deadlines and requirements have been met, we have our client prepared with all necessary documents in a folder. We are there through the entire process until our client receives their keys in hand. In addition, we help seniors and disabled individuals with the necessities they need for an easier living.
“According to the Greater Boston Housing Report Card -Safe, decent, affordable housing is a fundamental right. In Greater Boston inequality is widening, housing prices are increasing rapidly, production of new housing is insufficient, and there are not enough public funds to meet the need for subsidized housing. As a result, the most vulnerable residents face uncertainty and instability in the housing market”. Any donations given will help A Home 4 Everyone by allowing the organization to further continue helping individuals and families who are in need of affordable or subsidized housing and don’t know where or how to begin the process of finding or sustaining housing. A Home 4 Everyone does not discriminate against race, sex, religion – We pride ourselves on diversity and inclusion.
A Home 4 Everyone is an Organization of Diversity & Inclusion so there is no specific population we serve. We serve anyone who finds themself in need of the services we provide.
Impact of Covid-19
Covid-19 has negatively impacted the community by creating job loss. This has resulted in rising rates in homelessness and a lack of funds for individuals and families to be able to pay their bills. As these individuals anxiously await the economy to get back on track, this has lead to an increased demand for the services provided by A Home 4 Everyone.
Overview of Our Annual Goals
A Home 4 Everone’s annual goal will be to build a strong cohesive team who will help service the clients who come to us seeking our services. We also hope to connect with other organizations that may benefit our clients with any additional needs they may have. This grant will give the organization the opportunity to expand the needs of people who need housing or are experiencing problems in their current housing by having advocates available to service various needs faced. We hope to provide a sense of hope and security when people feel like there’s no one there to help or support them in these trying times. Over the next 12 months, the team of A Home 4 Everyone will continue to expand and address each issue, one issue at a time. Through our services, individuals and families who come to us know that we are here to serve them and are working to give them the best outcome we can possibly give, and therefore they can refer anyone else in need to us.
Within the next 12 months we intend for A Home 4 Everyone to have weekly staff meetings on what accomplishments or setbacks that’s taken place the prior week. We also would like to increase the amount of housing placement for clients because there will be more hands on deck to initiate more contact with housing management and officials, as well as being available to help resolve any client tenant disputes.
A Home 4 Everyone will measure/evaluate the work based on the success rate of the tasks we take on with our clients which is currently 100%. Based on the success rate that we’ve obtained, we learned that we can utilize the same tactics given the same circumstances as before and when faced with new challenges, we will take it on as we have other tasks and learn what to do, and what not to do in that situation. We will also evaluate ourselves by the additional number of housing applicants and applications we’re able to serve, as well as alleviating additional evictions looming over client’s heads.
Being so new, A Home 4 Everyone was recently given the names of two Organizations from a donor who thought it would greatly benefit our organization. One focuses on refurbished furniture, mattresses and other housing needs, and the other focuses on children’s clothing and school needs. Recently we had an extensive meeting with another housing organization who’s interested in partnering with A Home 4 Everyone, Inc and have scheduled additional meetings to formulate the capacity of how we can provide services to enhance their program.
A challenge most commonly faced is ability to place clients in housing as fast as we would like to, due to the waitlists, lotteries, availability, and financials of each client. We continue to work to adapt by continuing to beat the pavement by actively to applying to every waitlist, lottery and management company possible. This diligence and commitment is how we’ve been able to succeed in placing people in housing – some of our clients are in and on as many as 20 waitlists and lotteries. We will not stop until we see results.
Organization Description: Our Mission, Key Programs & Achievements
A home 4 Everyone is a non-profit organization that specialize in helping individuals and families find affordable, moderate and subsidized housing in Massachusetts. We also assist in helping families keep their tenancy or section 8 by advocating due to unfair practices they sometimes face while residing in current housing or holding a section 8 certificate. We go the extra mile by filling out, submitting, and responding to all applications of our clients due to the excessive, tedious process of the application which can be intimidating. Once an applicant is selected for an apartment, we make it easy on housing as well by having the client prepared with all the documents needed in a folder so there’s no running around trying to meet a deadline which can sometimes be missed due to information that may take a long time to get. We follow through the entire process until they get their keys in hand. One of our recent achievements was advocating for a single mother to help save her section 8 certificate because she ran out of time to find housing due to Covid19, then stepping in to find housing in which she and her son will be moving in October 1, 2020.
Organization Demographics: The Community We Serve Reflected In Our Staff
A Home 4 Everyone’s Board and staff range from ages 31-64 and ethnicity is black, biracial, and Indian. The Board of Directors demographics range from lower Roxbury, Brighton, Dorchester, and South End which are some of the primary areas of service. One of our Directors was born with cerebral palsy but is a woman who has strived in many areas, one being motherhood and does a fantastic job. One commitment goal the Organization has made is to also mentor and counsel the clients who come through A Home 4 Everyone to assure they are truly okay physically, financially and socially so we can offer other services to them via other agencies throughout the area.
We at A Home 4 Everyone is an Organization of Diversity & Inclusion so there is no specific population we serve. We serve anyone who’s in need of the services we provide.
Overview of Our Annual Goals
A Home’s annual goal will be to build a strong cohesive team who strive to help service all clients who come to us as well as connect with other Organizations that will benefit the clients with other needs they may have. This grant will give the organization the opportunity to expand the needs of people who need housing or having problems in their current housing to have advocates available to service various needs faced when people feel like there’s no one there to help or support them in trying times. Over the next 12 months, the team of A Home 4 Everyone will continue to build and tackle each issue, one issue at a time and assure individuals and families who come to us, that we are here to serve them and work to give the best outcome we can possibly give, so they can refer anyone else in need to us.
Impact: What We Hope to Achieve Within 12 Months Within the next 12 months we intend for A Home 4 Everyone to conduct weekly staff meetings to address both accomplishments and possible setbacks that have taken place within the prior week. We also would like to increase the amount of housing placement for clients because there will be more hands-on deck approach to initiate more contact with housing management and officials, as well as being available to help resolve any client-tenant disputes.
Measurement/Evaluation: How We Assess Our Work & Build From Experience
SMART goals – define your success by specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound goals.
A Home 4 Everyone uses will measure/evaluate the work based on the success rate of the tasks we take on with our clients which is currently 100%. Based on the success rate that we’ve obtained, we discovered that we can utilize the same tactics when facing the same circumstances and when faced with new challenges, we will be able to see what has and has not worked in previous cases.
Partners: The Partners, Organizations, Individuals, and Coalitions Key to Our Work
A Home 4 Everyone, Inc. has partnered with Mission of Deeds, Eastern Bank, City of Boston and Home Start. We are constantly seeking to build connections with others for the betterment of the Community.
Organization & History
A Home 4 Everyone was formed because we saw an immense need for housing advocacy and assistance. The complexity of applying and finding affordable, subsidized and moderate housing was an issue that was only growing. When someone asked for help with a housing application that was a lengthy 10 pages long, containing questions that are not easily understood, I realized the amount of individuals and families facing similar could not be ignored. I recognized just how tedious and tiresome this process was as once the application was submitted, the company continued to ask for the already submitted documents. At that point I found it was essential that I become a housing advocate because there is a great deal of people who may not know how to fill out an application or are aware of their housing rights.