The SECU Commons serves populations that have suffered from circumstances outside of their control – no family, illness, unemployment, a poor economy – that put them at risk of homelessness. In many ways they are different, but they share common needs:
- Safe, secure housing
- Help to access services – healthcare, unemployment, social services
- Training to gain employment – job and vocational training and education services
- Assistance with lifeskills – financial counseling, time management, household skills
Most importantly, they need a home – understanding neighbors, interactions with others, and a place where they learn to take on responsibilities and give support.
A Common Solution
The SECU Commons delivers that home – an integrated campus with housing, supportive services and a community environment. The program is consistent with the housing-first strategy proven effective throughout our country and supported by our Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Located on a campus-like property five minutes east of downtown Winston-Salem , our objective is to transform highly vulnerable people to be:
- Employed or financially self-sufficient
- Permanently housed
- Net contributors to community services vs. net consumers of community services
The SECU Commons employs the most effective methods to address residents’ needs and brings together a variety of service organizations and the local community to help and benefit.
- Offer services coordination, skills training and safe, family-friendly housing on one campus
- Leverage the collective expertise of service organizations to:
– Deliver training and services efficiently in one location
– Enhance programs with cross agency cooperation
- Invest in a campus with the capacity to expand
- Utilize training, facilities and community support to reach financial self-sufficiency