Frequently Asked Questions

I'm experiencing homelessness and need immediate help.

If you are experiencing homelessness and need immediate help please contact the offices of Safe Harbor (912) 289-9741 or Street Beat (912) 275-7202. At Hand in Hand of Glynn, we're currently working on building our tiny-home community and we're not accepting residents at this time.

What is Permanent Supportive Housing?

Permanent Supportive Housing means an individual is living in a permanent, rather than temporary, residence and that services, such as clinical and psychological services, are supplied on site. This leads to better understanding of the whole individual by service suppliers. Permanent Supportive Housing also means that the residence is not just a home, but an interwoven community of support activities and services supplied for the residents who live there to help them return to wellness and a life of dignity.

Who is considered a Chronically Homeless individual?

Definitions differ, but a person is considered chronically homeless if he/she has been in and out of homelessness for 36 months or more. Many people are situationally homeless and may be able to regain their footing with help from friends or family. The chronically homeless have lost those threads of support and are in a more permanent state of homelessness.

What does “Housing First” mean?

The “Housing First” approach prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, in order for them to be able to pursue other personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities first, such as food and a safe dry place to live, before they can focus on less critical issues (getting a job, budgeting properly, working on substance use issues.) Additionally, the “Housing First” approach encourages the resident to actively choose supportive service participation, and believes that exercising that choice is likely to make a person more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.* *Tsemberis, S. & Eisenberg, R. Pathways to Housing: Supported Housing for Street-Dwelling Homeless Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

What are the benefits of Housing First?

It is based on overwhelming evidence that people experiencing homelessness can achieve stability in permanent housing if provided with the appropriate level of services. Study after study has shown that Housing First yields higher housing retention rates, drives significant reductions in the use of costly crisis services and institutions, and helps people achieve better health and social outcomes.

How does Housing First work differently than other approaches?

The “ Housing First” approach views housing as the foundation for life improvement and enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter. Other approaches do make such requirements in order for a person to obtain and retain housing. We believe decent housing is a human right, and not a reward for a positive clinical outcome.

Who pays for their housing?

The houses, land and community center of the Hand in Hand Tiny Homes Village, have all been paid for by private donations such as yours. Our on-going expenses are covered by a small payment from our residents depending on income and hopefully a payment from the Housing Authority that's meant to supplement the residents' affordable "rent" payment.
The ongoing expense include the salary of the Executive Director and benefit specialist to assist our residents, the ongoing services, grounds and building maintenance, gardening care and miscellaneous upkeep of the buildings. Our hope is that the Housing Authority will partner with us in this enterprise by providing project based vouchers.

Who can be helped by Hand in Hand of Glynn, Inc.?

While there are over 410 of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, we hope to house 60 of them in the next two years. We will use the Coordinated Entry system that has been established in Brunswick to assist us in choosing our residents. We believe that our model can be used by governments and private individuals to assist smaller communities with their own homeless populations.

How do you choose your residents?

We will have a broad spectrum of residents representing all classes of persons experiencing homelessness including veterans, single women, and single men with priority given to those who have been in Brunswick the longest.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible. Hand in Hand of Glynn is a registered US 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit (EIN/Tax ID: 83-1620221)

How can I donate by check?

Please write all checks to Hand in Hand of Glynn, Inc. and sent to P. O. Box 2452 Brunswick, GA 31521

Can I donate by wire transfer?

Yes. Please call us at (912) 217-9507. We will give you the details you need to send the transfer. 

What is Hand in Hand of Glynn's EIN/Tax ID?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible. Hand in Hand of Glynn os a registered US 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit (EIN/Tax ID: 83-1620221)
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