A Walk in Their Shoes: How Franklin and Grand Isle Community Action helps those experiencing homelessness

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Here is an excerpt:

Leading up to June 10, the Messenger is interviewing the leaders of these organizations to learn about the unique ways they help people seeking shelter. This week’s featured leader is Jess Graff, associate director of Franklin and Grand Isle Community Action, which provides a variety of services to those experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Q: What are some distinct ways your organization helps people experiencing homelessness? How are these ways different from other services available in Franklin County?

A: Franklin Grand Isle Community Action (FGICA) has several distinct ways that we provide services and supports to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. FGICA is the Lead Agency for Coordinated Entry in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Coordinated Entry is a process through which people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness can be connected to services, some types of housing vouchers and some times of housing units when available. FGICA also administers the Housing Opportunity Program funding. HOP funding can be used to assist a household experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness with funding for a security deposit in order to secure a new unit. FGICA also has three staff people who work to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with housing navigation services including connecting them to resources and consultation and support in housing search.