Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
We provide rapid rehousing (permanent housing), monthly rental assistance, and case management supportive services to low income, single parent families with minor children who are fleeing domestic violence.
What is “permanent housing”?
We help client families secure a housing unit of their choice within Pierce County, with the rental lease in their own name. Having the lease in the family’s name means that when they exit our program, they are able to remain permanently housed. Resident families pay a portion of their income towards rent and Exodus Housing pays the balance. Once the family is stabilized and is earning enough income to maintain the housing stability, we exit the family and then find a new family to help. The average length of time in our program is 6-8 months.
What is “case management”?
A Family Service Specialist (Case Manager) works with the families to develop a long-term individual stability plan that will promote the skills and resources for housing stability and independence. Families identify their strengths and barriers by using a strengths-based assessment tool, designed for long-term planning.
Who are your clients? Where do they come from?
We serve low income, single parent families with minor children who have become homeless due to fleeing domestic violence. All our clients are referred to us through the Pierce County’s centralized intake system called coordinated entry system. The majority of the families that get referred to us come from domestic violence shelters, or from places that are not habitable.
What areas do you serve?
We serve Pierce County.
What year was Exodus Housing started?
In 1994, Exodus Housing began with funding and vision from a local Sumner businessperson and a retired Lutheran minister to help homeless families in Sumner/East Pierce County.
What is your success rate?
In 2016, 89% of the families who exited our program retained permanent housing.
What are your funding sources?
We receive funding from government contracts (federal, state, county, city), private foundations/trusts, individual donors, local businesses and churches.
Are you a faith-based organization?
We are a faith-affiliated agency collaborating with local communities of faith for financial and in-kind support of our mission. We are a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory agency that serves families and works with volunteers from all lifestyles regardless of their religious beliefs.