Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: Roseville Home Start serves homeless children and their families. Families are headed by a single mother, single father, both parents, or grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Answer: Unfortunately, we do not. Our mission is to transition homeless families into affordable, sustainable and permanent housing. We refer singles to The Lazarus Project, and The Salvation Army,
Answer: The on-site program is one year in length. At the end of the year, families receive assistance in finding suitable, affordable housing. The second year families remain under our supervision while living in their own permanent housing.
Answer: We are rated as 99-bed facility with 27 housing units. This means that we can accommodate up to 30 families and some 60 to 70 children.
Answer: Although referrals are not required for a family to apply to Roseville Home Start, clients are referred to us by local churches, Child Protective Services, the Courts, Welfare Department, EDD and similar agencies.
Answer: The success rate is high. Ninety percent of the families that complete the program remain in permanent housing for at least one year.
Answer: Yes, volunteers must attend our mandatory Volunteer Training then undergo a background check as well as provide fingerprints to the Department of Justice. While this may be seen as unnecessary by some, it is a requirement to maintain the safety of our facility.
Answer: 30% of our budget is from government grants, 35% foundations and 35% private and individual donations.
Answer: We always need educators for our GED program, tutors for our children’s Learning Center, mentors and Life Skills teachers. From time to time we have work days for moving, cleaning or small repairs and painting as well as family events such as Christmas parties, family movie nights and game days.
Answer: Home Start always needs money. Given recent disasters such as Katrina and Rita, and the economic downturn, grant money has become more difficult to obtain than ever. Donations are tax deductible and we are grateful for them.
Answer: We do on a limited basis. We have very little storage. If you have a vehicle in good condition and it would be acceptable for a resident or client, please call us. We also accept, from time to time, furniture that we use to assist clients moving to housing upon graduation as well as food and clothing for our residents. Please call our office to inquire about any donations that you may have.
Answer: Programs are tailored for the different needs of the families. Case management and therapy are provided, as well as many self-help opportunities. Clients are required to work if able, placed on a strict budget, required to save money for a security deposit, attend Parenting classes, and GED classes if not a high school graduate. A modest donation is also expected. Again, this is a year-long program with another year of supervision following graduation.