Catholic Charities has operated Gateway program since 2006.110 adults and 60 children have received permanent supportive housing during the past 10 years.
Housing First: meaning that clients do not “get prepared” for housing.Clients are housed first, then they are encouraged to work on certain issues that might have contributed to or even caused their
homelessness (*This philosophy falls under nationally considered “best practices” for housing programs)
Housing can occur anywhere in Lake County with landlords willing to work with the Gateway program.Current housing is located in Gary, Hammond, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station and
Whiting.Housing must pass a HUD-based inspection.
Mental Health: Clients must be diagnosed with a “severe mental illness” and/or substance abuse as diagnosed by a psychiatrist.Homelessness: Clients must meet the criteria of
“chronic homelessness” meaning either:
Main source: federal government (HUD) to the State of Indiana (IHCDA) to Catholic Charities.Each year Catholic Charities receives enough funding for:
Catholic Charities is required to come up with a 25% “match” for those funds and a 150% “leverage”Clients with income required to pay 30% of it towards their rent and utilities.
The majority of new clients come to the program as referrals from one of the mental health centers or homeless shelters.Once adequate housing is located and the unit passes inspection, the
client signs a lease with the landlord, documents are signed between the landlord and Catholic Charities, and the Gateway program pays the security deposit and begins rental payments.
The client works toward three specific global goals:
Kay Hosmer, MSW - Program Manager