Whenever an individual or family comes to Ritter Center for support, we take a holistic approach to their needs. Are they homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? What is the status of their overall health? What services can we provide? What services can other agencies provide? Whenever someone needs services beyond the scope of what we offer, such as specialized medical care, we act as their advocate and follow their progress. We take an active, long-term interest in our clients, as well as addressing their immediate needs.
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
The vast majority of homeless individuals and families fall into homelessness after a housing or personal crisis. The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing services are funded by both Federal and local governments, and they enable Ritter Center to offer financial assistance and housing stabilization services for qualified individuals and families. Ritter Center can help prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless due to non-payment of rent and can also help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. This program provides a variety of assistance, including: rental assistance, security or utility deposits, utility payments and moving assistance.
Rapid Benefits Enrollment
Ritter Center acts as our clients’ advocates in seeking Federal, State and County assistance, including Social Security Disability enrollment, Veteran’s benefits, General Assistance, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and other programs.
Custody to Community
We work with individuals who have been incarcerated in the local jail and are about to be released back into our community, adjust successfully to community life. Often, these individuals have been incarcerated for 3 months to a year. Ritter Center helps connect these individuals with medical care, substance use treatment and shelter resources.
Representative Payee Financial Management
For some of our clients, managing day-to-day finances can be a real challenge. Social Security requires that some recipients engage a payee to help manage their income. In those situations, our case management team is available to help people budget their fixed income and ensure that all of their bills, such as rent and utilities, are paid on time. Representative Payee participants are given weekly spending money to ensure that their fixed income lasts the whole month