This housing initiative project, in Phoenix, offers the tools, strategies, used to help returning citizens find an apartment. The Tadini House, a nonprofit organization, adds leverage to the process.
The goal of the RCI is to prepare participants to secure and maintain housing. This is a multi-step process that is designed to span 18 months. Registration is open.
Step 1 - Beginning May 22, 2021 (on-going)
10 participants will attend an initial class where the schedule, expectations, and steps of the program are outlined. After the first evening the participants will be scheduled for small group training. The group of 10 will be split into three groups of 3, 3 & 4. Each small group will meet once a week for 4 weeks. Each class is about 2 hours in in length with follow-up individual meetings as needed. Prior to the start of the program the participants will be asked to sign up with Credit Karma to determine their credit score.
Week 1 – Strategies, filling out rental and credit applications. Introductions, and a talk from Cheri Horbacz about the Southwest Fair Housing Council. Participants will hear overview of the Returning Citizens Initiative and how it will be run. They will then be assigned to the small groups based on their credit score so that they can move through the next steps of the program together.
Weeks 2 & 3 – Digging into credit scores and addressing credit problems. Participants with good credit may complete this week’s activities more quickly than those who have bad credit. A partner organization will assist the process of each participant as they get their credit back on track. Participants will begin working on their personal bio packet. A personal bio packet is a way for participants to prepare a written story about themselves that also includes pictures and character and community support letters. This is a tool to be used when moving through the appeal
process following a rejection by the apartment complex.
Week 4 - Building Community and Maintenance. Participants will discuss peaceful communication, what it means to be a community member, and taught how to care for their dwelling including minor repairs as needed.
Week 5 - Building Community and Maintenance. Completion Certificate. Continued training from week 4. Upon completion of Step 1 training, a certificate will be issued that can be used to support their success in securing housing.
Step 2 – SECURING HOUSING – Beginning June 19, 2021 (on-going)
Participants will begin the residential search and application process. The weeks 1 through 3 training will provide them with the tools to complete applications and be prepared for credit score responses. The personal bio packet will be essential in appeals of rejections and serve as a way to decrease the time and money it takes to secure housing. Skills introduced in weeks 4 and 5 will continually be expanded and reinforced during the second and third steps of the program.
Step 3 – MONITORING PARTICIPANTS THROUGH TIME OF THEIR LEASE
This is a tool to leverage an appeal to apartment complexes by showing community support. The Tadini House will assist the tenant in addressing any issues that arise with the landlord and will make sure the property is maintained with assistance from our maintenance team. Through these actions a peaceful housing community is supported.
When you contact us 480-590-0919 to register we will get back to you to register you over the phone. Registration is open
The Tadini House
4460 East Main Street Suite 120, Mesa, Arizona 85205, United States
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