Another way BEDS Plus prevents homelessness is through our Homelessness Diversion program. This program helps to keep families from having to enter the emergency overnight shelter system. When facing homelessness - often for the first time - our first goal is to recognize a client's strengths and help them to identify natural supports that can prevent them from needing shelter.

Diversion funds assist individuals and families through short term case management and financial assistance to help them best utilize their support system - often by covering the additional costs a family member or friend may incur by taking them into their home with flexible funding through United Way. By staying out of the shelter system and empowering people to problem solve, BEDS works to reduce the trauma of housing instability and homelessness.

Families eligible for Homelessness Diversion services receive:

  • regular case management support and service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training

  • care coordination with school and community-based providers

  • assistance with employment search and educational opportunities

To qualify for Homelessness Diversion, the following documentation is required:

  • Documentation of imminent homelessness or need for emergency shelter

  • Commitment to a plan for self-sufficiency within the program term.

Homelessness Diversion blog posts found here:

What is Homelessness Diversion: 6/21/22

Interview about Homelessness Diversion: 6/7/22

Diversion as an approach to homelessness: 2/24/22