NEW DIGS Rapid Rehousing Program in Lake County helps community members that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless secure permanent housing using the Housing First Model.
The Housing First Model focuses on housing first, supporting the theory that an individual cannot work on their personal goals until they first have a safe, stable roof over their head. New Digs works to end homelessness as soon as possible, through interim or permanent housing, offering tiered financial assistance for a minimum of 6-months. Once a client is placed in housing, New Digs Housing Case Managers work to address any barriers that contributed to prior homelessness, whether that is job skill development or mental health support.
For more information, please contact New Digs at (707) 461-4574
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No one is rejected from the New Digs program based on credit history, convictions, sobriety, income, or ability to pay. New Digs maintains a wait list, so housing placement is contingent upon: 1) grant funding 2) wait list availability 3) housing availability. ALL potential clients must be verified homeless, without a permanent place to sleep at night. This means clients must be living in a place not meant for long-term human habitation such as; transitional shelter (Hope Center, Elijah House, etc.), camping, living in a car/tent, living in an abandoned building, sleeping in an encampment, etc. Individuals facing imminent loss of housing, with a receipt or a court-ordered eviction, may apply for assistance, pending current grant funds. No one is rejected from the New Digs program based on credit history, convictions, sobriety, income, or ability to pay.
Applying for New Digs is simple! Just call us at 707-461-4574. A Housing Case Manager will return your call within 2 business days and provide any needed information. While a self-referral is preferred, partner agencies may refer clients too. Individuals and families will be placed on a waitlist based on their level of vulnerability as deemed by the VISPIDAT tool. Intakes will be scheduled accordingly. Potential clients will be seen by appointment, walk-ins may be turned away. Families with young children will be referred to CalWorks and will only be approved by New Digs through a CalWorks referral.
Assistance is not intended to provide long-term support, but is instead focused on the following areas: Housing stabilization, Short term rental assistance, Linking participants to community resources and benefits, Helping clients develop a plan for preventing future housing instability. Clients will gradually take on more of their own rent, and will be expected to pay 100% of their rent by 6 months. Even after a client no longer receives financial assistance, they may be supported through case management services for up to a year. Clients will gradually take on more of their own rent, and will be expected to pay 100% of their rent by 6 months. Even after a client no longer receives financial assistance, they may be supported through case management services for up to a year.
“When one high-needs client came to us, he was hypervigilant and strongly distrusted other people. Since entering our program, he has blossomed into a new person, becoming so much more open, honest, and trusting. The leadership skills he’s demonstrated since coming to New Digs will be of great benefit and use in a shared housing situation.”
“We take pride in our work and impact we make in the community. The best reward of all is seeing our clients moving their lives in the right direction that enables them to live healthy and better lives."