Housing & Resource Navigation
As a bridge between service providers and participant communities, Housing and Resource Navigators link community members to the local landscape of service providers to improve their access to housing and other resources. However, their role is not solely referring. Rather, this position is also tasked with the responsibility to listen, advocate, and act on behalf of the communities that they support. In this way, Navigators are active in the systems individuals are navigating, changing the service provider landscape as much as they are using it to support participants.
Two critical and key elements of this program are (1) care coordination and collaboration; and (2) actively removing systemic barriers to access by going beyond a transactional relationship towards a transformative partnership. This program addresses the adaptive challenges of a siloed human service landscape of service provision with embedded barriers to access for those who experience the most systemic marginalization. Navigators work within systems to truly advocate for and serve participants in a partnership towards their holistic success and empowerment. Through advocacy and access, this program advances social justice and liberation.
United Way Resource and Housing Navigators can assist with:
- Assessing needs and providing linkages to local resources
- Completing rent/mortgage and utilities assistance applications
- SNAP enrollment
- Tenant education and advocacy
- Healthcare Marketplace enrollment
- Dental Dental program enrollment (paused- currently not accepting applications)
Rent Assistance: Rental Assistance Application.
Electricity, Gas, and Water:
Ballard Center: 785-842-0729
Salvation Army: 785-843-4188
For more information, or for resource navigation assistance, contact email@example.com or call 211