HOTEL INC provides access to permanent housing services & solutions. People experiencing street homelessness may utilize the Drop-In Center for shower, laundry, mail, computer access, chaplains, store (participants obtain points through various development & volunteer opportunities to purchase items). Four times per year people may enroll in the Preferred Tenant Program (currently limited to 120 households annually). Financial assistance for rent or utility deposits may be allocated to program participants. STRAC (short term rental assistance with case management) is also a part of the this program.

Affordable Housing Initiative

HOTEL INC’s Affordable Housing Initiative utilizes a variety of strategies to increase affordable housing. Please contact us if you are interested in being an investor or discussing landlord partnerships.

Our goals include –

  • Purchasing houses or duplexes to be renovated into transitional and affordable workforce housing
  • Transitional medical respite housing for homeless persons in recovery from an illness or surgery
  • Master lease agreements with property owners to rent a number of units to HOTEL INC
  • Partnerships with community teams to build affordable housing to specifically address the needs of the occupants, such as access to healthcare, public transportation, etc… (because housing is critical to health and well-being, many healthcare companies are investing in affordable housing)
  • Donors, foundations, and corporations purchase properties and fund renovations
  • HOTEL INC manages the properties with housing program participants who provide sweat equity maintaining and improving the property and paying up to 30% of net income for rent
  • These fees will help sustain the housing program services and our Preferred Tenant Program
  • Preferred Tenant Program graduates will move into transitional workforce housing to work, save, and prepare for their move to permanent housing (or move directly into permanent housing)

Preferred Tenant Program

HOTEL INC’s Preferred Tenant Program addresses the barriers homeless and very-low income households face as they strive to find, secure, and maintain safe affordable housing. The program is presented four times a year in an 11-week, small-group workshop in which households work together to share knowledge and initiate a personalized plan to obtain housing. Housing Navigators (case managers) are experts who assist individuals through the steps to renting or owning affordable housing. Education includes financial literacy and application to each household budget, employment, being a good neighbor, opportunities of home ownership, housing readiness and navigating your lease.

Two weeks of the workshop addresses legal issues related to leases, home occupancy/ownership, housing laws, navigating contracts (legal rights and responsibilities of tenants or new owners). Other legal problems frequently challenging poor households are credit history, predatory lending, avoiding or recovering from bankruptcy, etc. This knowledge is put to use as each household implements their plan. Support after the program is provided to help participants maintain housing.

Download Preferred Tenant Application Here

Download Preferred Tenant FAQ Sheet Here

Drop-In Center Services

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (Wednesdays are for Preferred Tenant Program participants only. Some services require appointment first. Please contact us for details.

  • Housing Navigators
    available to help with applications for housing, SNAP, employment, and insurance
  • Mail Services
    receive mail at HOTEL INC if you do not have a permanent address
  • Phone Messages
    receive calls at HOTEL INC if you do not have a permanent phone number
  • Computers
    available for job/housing searches
  • Showers
    private showers available with basic toiletries and towels
  • Laundry
    laundry machines available for use (limit to one load per week)

Chaplain Services

  • Chaplains
    available to meet in the chapel Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 AM – 11 AM
  • Communion
    held weekly in the chapel Fridays at 11 AM

Piecemakers

Piecemakers are a dedicated group of quilt makers who donate their time and talents on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month. Quilts produced by Piecemakers are given to newly housed clients, clients with high utility costs, or clients who have suffered loss due to fires or flooding.

Watch this PBS Mainstreet documentary to learn more about our local Piecemakers team…

Transportation services funded in part by

MomsEveryday interview provided by