Other Front Steps Programs
Front Steps is committed to helping our homeless clients find a pathway home. We have units of transitional and permanent housing available to clients who go through Case Management or through the Recuperative Care Program.
Homeless individuals who are too sick to be released to a shelter or the streets, but are not sick enough to stay in the hospital, are referred by social workers from Austin hospitals to the Front Steps’ Recuperative Care Program. While the patient is in Recuperative Care, they are first placed in a nursing home and then provided with intensive Case Management to help them with income, housing, and self-care needs. Following the nursing home stay, clients are moved to transitional housing, with continued support to assist them with permanent housing and maintaining their health.
Front Steps also provides permanent housing to Case Management clients when housing units are available. Clients pay 30% of their income toward rent. Weekly case management meetings focus on keeping the clients housed, as well as working on skills such as money management, housekeeping, and living in a community with neighbors. Case Managers also work on specific issues with each client, such as applying for supplemental security income (SSI) or social security disability insurance (SSDI), finding and keeping employment, and addressing medical needs. You must be actively participating in case management to be eligible for Front Steps’ permanent housing.
The First Steps Transitional Housing program provides support to ARCH Case Management clients who are moving out of the shelter and into transitional or permanent housing. For some clients, this may mean assisting with the rent on a subsidized unit within public housing or a single room occupancy (SRO) unit until they begin receiving their own income. For others, First Steps may pay the move-in costs (security deposit, first month’s rent, household furnishings, etc.). You must be actively participating in Case Management to qualify for this assistance.