Day Resource Center
PADS Prevention & Diversion Program aims to stop people from needing to use a shelter. It provides for an earlier intervention, and seeks to keep people in the housing they are currently in rather than having them fall into homelessness.
Over time, PADS saw a good number of people seeking services and assistance who were not "technically homeless." They were on the verge of it, and all we could do was direct them to a few places that might be able to provide some short-term assistance. But, inevitably, they would return to us after ultimately falling into homelessness.
PADS recognized that an earlier intervention would help these people, and would ensure shelter resources were always available for the ones who needed it most. If PADS could work with someone BEFORE they became homeless, that was going to be a much better outcome.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has identified this as a best practice for homeless services. According to the Alliance, “Diversion is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing. Diversion programs can reduce the number of families becoming homeless, the demand for shelter beds, and the size of program wait lists.”
More often than not, persons coming to PADS that are candidates for a successful diversion are families with children. There are times when we have someone who comes to us because their landlord threatened to evict them...but we can help ensure a payment plan is negotiated. There are times when an individual seeks shelter because of a conflict at their home...but we can help get that otherwise mediated. There are countless other scenarios where a person would seek a homeless shelter because that is what they know – but it is not necessarily what they need. PADS Prevention & Diversion Case Manager helps people STAY IN housing and STAY OUT of the shelter system.