VOCA Victims of Crime Act Program

The Victims of Crime Act is funded with fines paid by offenders convicted of violating federal laws, supports direct services to victims of crime. The Act requires that priority be given to services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and other groups identified by the state as underserved victims of crime.

JAC Justice Advisory Council Program

The Justice Advisory Council works to identify gaps and areas of need within the criminal justice system that could be addressed through programs or services. The JAC explores policy or programmatic solutions and directly coordinates services when necessary.

BEDS Plus Transitional Housing program provides temporary housing for specialized populations with intensive supports and focus on assessment of future independence. Clients are either literally homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program does not require tenants to pay any rental portion and instead recognizes the need for intensive, specialized case management.

Transitional Housing can be brief or last up to 24 months. The program is an extended assessment period for specialized populations in order to determine eligibility and readiness for the next step.

La Grange Area Transitional Housing (LATH)

The LATH program provides local agency-owned affordable housing and supportive services to families with a history of housing instability, compounded by disability or serious and chronic health conditions.

LATH has served the La Grange area since 1991. In 2017, BEDS Plus assumed management of LATH, an independent 501(c)3.

Families eligible for LATH services receive:

  • up to 24 months of transitional housing, comprised of two annual lease agreements

  • Move-in assistance

  • regular case management support and assistance in achieving behavior health, health and life goals for household members

  • assistance with coordinating care with school and community-based providers

  • service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training.

  • assistance with employment search and educational opportunities.

  • financial coaching and housing plan transition

To qualify for the LATH program, the following documentation is required:

  • proof of family status - legal guardian with at least one dependent child

  • documented history of housing instability or homelessness

  • one household member(s) with a documented disabling condition

  • confirmed source of income sufficient to pay a portion of the rent ($400 per month)

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

  • ability to meet tenant expectations as outlined in the written annual lease and client

Preference is given to referrals from LADSE program or partner social service agency.

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