This Resource Center offers the community a compassionate place to receive information, referrals, counseling referrals, translation assistance, and aid with problems and crises: a place where community resources are brought together to offer a “one-stop” assistance center. All the programs offered at the Vickers House are geared to guide, support, and empower the community. All services are offer to anyone, however financial services are only for the clients that resides within the city limits of West Palm Beach.
Services included but no limit to:
- Information Center
- Fax & Copy Services
- Case Management & Referral
- Computer Self-Service Center
- VITA Tax Services (Seasonal)
- GED & Citizenship Classes
- Community Outreach Programs
- Homeless Outreach & Advocacy
- Job Corp and Job Board
- SNAP/EBT & Medicaid Partner Site
- HIV and Diabetes Testing Offered Monthly
- Community Service & Internship Programs
Financial services included:
Housing Stabilization Program (HSP)
The Housing Stabilization Program is designed to provide a one- time financial assistance to families and individuals, who are residing or homeless in the city limits of West Palm Beach, gain or maintain housing stability. This program targets two populations of persons facing housing instability. Families or individuals who are still housed within City limits but are at imminent risk of becoming homeless and Homeless families or individuals within the City limits and seeking housing to remain within city boundaries. This program assistance is not intended to provide long-term support for program participants, and it is not intended to provide all supportive service needs of households that affect housing stability. The program instead is part of a plan made in partnership with the family and other community resources, relying on existing community resources, agency partners, and mainstream benefits to help households regain stability. The Housing Stabilization Program funds will be used to provide temporary rental and/or security deposit assistance up to a maximum of $3000 per household and is based upon funding availability.
- Applicant must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 50% Area Median Income (AMI) limits.
- Applicant current rent must not exceed SHIP rental limits (not to exceed 80% AMI).
- Applicant must have a lease in their or a household member’s name. Applicant(s) must have an actual 3-day notice or pending eviction notice within 30 calendar days.
- Applicant or household member must not have received any other financial assistance for rent or security deposit within the last year.
- Applicant or household member must have no other financial means readily available.
Serving Our Seniors
The Serving Our Seniors (S.O.S.) Program is designed to provide temporary assistance for critical needs to low income elderly residents in the city of West Palm Beach. The Program will assist seniors in the event of an emergency and/or financial hardship for eligible activities. This program assistance is not intended to provide long-term support for program participants, and it is not intended to provide all supportive service needs of households that affect housing stability. The program instead is part of a plan made in partnership with the family and other community resources, relying on community resources, agency partners, and mainstream benefits to help households remain stable. Assistance is in the form of a one-time emergency grant not to exceed $600.00 in order to provide resources such as:
- Utility assistance.
- Medical prescription assistance.
- Reimbursement of the City’s Fire Assessment Fee; and
- Handicapped accessibility.
The Program will only support the costs not covered by insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, or any other programs providing duplicate services and/or resources.
- Applicant must reside within the corporate city limits of West Palm Beach.
- Applicant must be over the age of 62.
- Applicant must have a documentable crisis or hardship situation that contributed to inability to pay for own services.
- Applicant or household member must not have received any other financial assistance within the last six (6) months from the City of West Palm Beach.
The Homeward Bound Program works in partnership with community referral agencies to focus on providing travel assistance to chronically homeless people within the city of West Palm Beach. Funding is used to move homeless individual/families out of this crises state by accessing monies for travel assistance for a person to return to their home community or another community where they will no longer be homeless. This program can provide transportation services for homeless people from the streets to a local shelter with available space, home to a loved one, and/or detoxification facilities in another city/county/state.
- Client(s) must be chronically homeless within the City limits of West Palm Beach.
- Client must have a form of a photo ID.
- If the client is traveling with a minor, must have Birth Certificate for minors
- Warrants must be checked and cleared
- Proof that hey currently have no income