Bringing Our Community Home.
Housing Resource Centers
The first stop for anyone in need of housing. Our professional team of case managers from the housing resource centers can put clients in touch with the resources they need for housing, job applications, education, medical care, and so much more.
Come as you are - the Clallam County Community Shelters are low barrier and open to all. Serenity House offers two shelter programs - the single adult night by night shelter and the extended stay family shelter. To learn more, click on the link below.
Youth Entry Services
Any youth or young adult under the age of 18 who is living outside the home is considered homeless. This includes extended stays with friends and couch surfing. If this applies to you or someone you know, our mobile YES! program serves everyone from 12-25 and can get you in touch with the resources you need to stay safe.
Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing and Transitional Housing Programs - what are they? To learn more about the many services Serenity House offers, please click the link below.
Housing Comes First.
Serenity House provides services following the proven best-practice housing-first methodology that has been wildly successful in Europe and Canada.
What exactly is housing-first?
Housing-first is the idea that we can’t possibly expect our unsheltered neighbors to treat ongoing mental health, substance abuse, or employment difficulties when they are constantly in “survival mode.” We start by giving clients a roof over their head, then use progressive case management to provide them with the resources they need to tackle the difficulties that may have contributed their homelessness in the first place.
That sounds expensive!
Actually, it isn’t. A peer-reviewed study of housing-first practices showed that these methods actually save taxpayer money! In this study, emergency room visits and expenses dropped by an average of 34.3%. Inpatient visits dropped by 40% and inpatient overnight stays fell by a whopping 80%! Furthermore, providing housing dramatically reduced detox visits by 82%, resulting in average savings of $8,732 per person. Incarceration days and costs were reduced by 76%, and emergency shelter costs were reduced by an average of $13,600 per person. All in all, the community was saved $31,545 for every chronically homeless person housed. This is a program that truly pays for itself!
Doesn’t it take a long time?
It can. And unfortunately, our work will never be finished. The list of homeless and chronically homeless individuals in our county continues to grow, and housing is limited. Using a process known as Coordinated Entry, our team identifies those most chronically in need and prioritizes finding solutions for them first. Finding permanent housing solutions is not instantaneous - it’s a process. Our diligent housing specialists will stay by their clients’ sides from start to finish, no matter how long it takes. Would you like to know what the Coordinated Entry process looks like? We are in the process of creating an online experience that will let guests try CE for themselves. Check back soon!
You say Europe and Canada practice housing-first too?
They do! Click here to see what amazing feats communities have achieved when they put housing first.
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2018 brought changes to Serenity House. Please check here to learn about everything we have accomplished this year! (Coming Soon)