Supportive Housing

LGBTQ supportive housing Q-BLOK program, My Home program, and Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Q-BLOK: LGBTQ Supportive Housing

Q-BLOK is designed to assist young adults, aged 18-25, who are LGBT-identified, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, and entering adulthood ill-equipped to achieve successful independence and self-sufficiency due to their histories of running away, homelessness, and family rejection. The program provides critical services that include supportive housing and financial assistance, and case management support, in addition to education, employment, and independent living skills development.

Q-BLOK provides these services with ongoing family support from adult community members in order to address youths’ need for family support and guidance. Pathfinders is actively recruiting volunteers who are willing to “sponsor” a young person and provide them with a positive, affirming, and healthy “family” able to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. Individuals and families interested in sponsoring a young person, please click here for more information.In order to promote needed systems and societal change, Q-BLOK also provides education to the broader community as to the nature and extent of the problems experienced by LGBT-identified young adults specific to exploitation, homelessness, family rejection and ongoing hate-based violence against LGBT young people. Since its initiation in 2009, over 70 young adults have received services through Q-BLOK.

Milwaukee County My Home Housing Program 

The Milwaukee County My Home Housing Program is a permanent housing program. Providing rent subsidies for low income, homeless individuals with special needs. Funded through the Rent Assistance grants from the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the program is designed to break the cycle of homelessness for specials needs populations.

This is a county run program. Milwaukee County expects an individual to pay 30% of their income towards the rent and the county will pay the additional amount. This is a lifelong program and the county will continue to pay their portion of the rent for as long as they are enrolled.

The checks for rent and security deposit go directly to the landlord or rental company. The renter is responsible for paying their portion of the rent on time.

Along with the rental assistance the participant also receives case management services. When an individual identifies that they would like to rent a property a county employee would come and make sure that everything is up to date before they would approve an individual to move in.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating individual/ family. The participant then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

The PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family's monthly adjusted income or the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of monthly adjusted income.

Our focus is to house chronically homeless youth between the ages of 18-25. Chronically homeless is defined as having a documented disability, and having been homeless 12 months consecutively or 4 times in 3 years that totals 12 months. We provide ongoing case management to all individuals who receive a housing voucher through Pathfinders. This includes weekly meetings and referrals to needed resources.

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Q-BLOK: LGBTQ Supportive Housing

Q-BLOK is designed to assist young adults, aged 18-25, who are LGBT-identified, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, and entering adulthood ill-equipped to achieve successful independence and self-sufficiency due to their histories of running away, homelessness, and family rejection. The program provides critical services that include supportive housing and financial assistance, and case management support, in addition to education, employment, and independent living skills development.

Q-BLOK provides these services with ongoing family support from adult community members in order to address youths’ need for family support and guidance. Pathfinders is actively recruiting volunteers who are willing to “sponsor” a young person and provide them with a positive, affirming, and healthy “family” able to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. Individuals and families interested in sponsoring a young person, please click here for more information.In order to promote needed systems and societal change, Q-BLOK also provides education to the broader community as to the nature and extent of the problems experienced by LGBT-identified young adults specific to exploitation, homelessness, family rejection and ongoing hate-based violence against LGBT young people. Since its initiation in 2009, over 70 young adults have received services through Q-BLOK.

Milwaukee County My Home Housing Program 

The Milwaukee County My Home Housing Program is a permanent housing program. Providing rent subsidies for low income, homeless individuals with special needs. Funded through the Rent Assistance grants from the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the program is designed to break the cycle of homelessness for specials needs populations.

This is a county run program. Milwaukee County expects an individual to pay 30% of their income towards the rent and the county will pay the additional amount. This is a lifelong program and the county will continue to pay their portion of the rent for as long as they are enrolled.

The checks for rent and security deposit go directly to the landlord or rental company. The renter is responsible for paying their portion of the rent on time.

Along with the rental assistance the participant also receives case management services. When an individual identifies that they would like to rent a property a county employee would come and make sure that everything is up to date before they would approve an individual to move in.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating individual/ family. The participant then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

The PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable. The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family's monthly adjusted income or the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of monthly adjusted income.

Our focus is to house chronically homeless youth between the ages of 18-25. Chronically homeless is defined as having a documented disability, and having been homeless 12 months consecutively or 4 times in 3 years that totals 12 months. We provide ongoing case management to all individuals who receive a housing voucher through Pathfinders. This includes weekly meetings and referrals to needed resources.