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Homeless Opportunity Project

This project aims to help persons experiencing homelessness become permanently housed by assisting with applications for social security disability and supplemental security income benefits and to enhance recovery during and after the application process.  This unique “legal assistance project” utilizes the expertise of a paralegal with a Masters in Social Work working in conjunction with partners in the North Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry.

Our social worker/paralegal has a part-time office at Grace Marketplace, a community service center housing and helping persons experiencing homelessness.  We regularly conduct outreach to affected persons at other locations in the community.  Persons who are struggling with both homelessness and disability in Alachua County may schedule an appointment for an initial interview by calling 352-372-0519.  The TRLS disability case coordinator can also interview applicants at another more convenient location if that is needed. Applicants must fill out an application for services and meet TRLS eligibility criteria.

How Can We Help?

Persons who are struggling with both homelessness and disability in Alachua County may schedule an appointment for an initial interview by calling TRLS at 372-0519. The TRLS disability case coordinator can also interview applicants at another more convenient location if that is needed. Applicants must fill out an application for services and meet TRLS eligibility criteria.

How Can You Help?

The goal of this project is to implement and coordinate a county-wide program of cooperating community resources. Based on the SOAR model (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery), this program will emphasize the preparation of a thorough disability application by outreach workers who will sign on as representatives. Three Rivers will spearhead the implementation of the project, offer training programs for service providers, and ultimately, act as the project clearinghouse and legal expertise.

If you or your organization would like to be a part of this project, call Three Rivers to get more information. Donations of time and money are always welcome.