Our Ministries (5)
SAMMinistries has developed a Homeless Prevention Program to provide hope to families and individuals by preventing them from entering homelessness. SAMMinistries Homeless Prevention Services Program provides rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services to enable individuals and families who are in imminent danger of eviction, or are currently homeless. SAMMinistries works with the homeless by cutting the amount of time a family experiences homelessness and rapidly re-housing families into permanent homes.
Supportive services must directly relate to the prevention of homelessness and rapid re-housing. These services are provided in an effort to stabilize families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing. The households must document a temporary economic crisis beyond their control, by giving evidence of at least one of the following conditions:
- loss of employment;
- medical disability or emergency;
- loss or delay of some form of public benefit;
- natural disaster;
- substantial change in household composition
- victimization by criminal activity;
- illegal action by landlord;
- displaced by government or private action;
- any other condition which constitutes a hardship comparable to the other condition enumerated above.
Furniture For A Cause opened it’s doors in March 2004 as an additional source of revenue for the many programs SAMMinistries provides to the homeless of San Antonio. The store sells new and gently used home and office furniture, including accessories, to the general public at a low price with 100% of the proceeds going to SAMMinistries.
Furniture For A Cause provides a pick-up service to those wishing to donate furniture to a great cause, simply call 210-442-2440 if you would like to donate. Furniture For A Cause also provides a job readiness program to Guests of SAMMinistries’ Shelter.
For more information or to view the great deals, please visit our Furniture For A Cause website at:
Furniture For A Cause
5254 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78216 (210)340-1678
Hours of Operation:
Transitional Housing Program
SAMMinistries owns 25 single dwelling homes within the San Antonio Metropolitan Area. Families with minor children who meet specific criteria may stay in the homes for up to 24 months. To enter into the Transitional Housing Program: (1) The head of household must be employed full-time, enrolled in an educational program full-time, or some combination of the two that equals full-time status. (2) Families pay up to 30% of adjusted gross income towards rent unless they are a full time student, in which case rent is adjusted to $75 per month. (3) Families are also required to pay 50% of their utility bills and 100% of their phone bills.
Permanent Housing- Housing First Program
The primary target population of the Housing First Program is families headed by at least one adult with a diagnosed disability such as mental illness, HIV/AIDS and substance use, and/or other barriers to housing stability including domestic violence and history of out of home placements. Priority is given to families that have demonstrated self-sufficiency residing in transitional housing programs.
In coordination with the City of San Antonio (COSA), SAMMinistries agrees to furnish sixteen (16) 2 & 3 bedroom SAHA apartment units with the following items: full size and twin size mattresses with frames; couches; dinette sets; and dressers.
Services available to tenants of the Housing First Program include coordination/case management, physical and mental health services, substance abuse management and recovery support, employment services, literacy and education, youth and children’s programs, money management, and parenting classes. Case Managers meet with participating tenants no less than two (2) times per month to promote self-sufficiency and housing stability.
In 2000, we expanded our programs and facilities to include transitional housing for families at the Transitional Living and Learning Center (TLLC) on Blanco Road. The TLLC is a residential facility for up to 40 homeless families with minor children who show a commitment to gaining self-sufficiency. The individual needs of all family members are supported, promoting the viability of the family as a whole. In Fiscal Year 2011, 298 unduplicated family residents, of which 93 were adults and 205 were children, lived and were served at TLLC.
Transitional Living and Learning Center Program Facts:
- A family may live at the Center for up to two years.
- Upon entrance into the program, the head of household must either be working, going to school or a combination of both a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- Families are not required to pay rent, but must pay 30% of their adjusted gross income toward debt reduction.
- Families are offered classes in life-skills building, money management, nurturing parent, resume writing, and GED exam readiness.
SAMMinistries, is the oldest and most extensive San Antonio-based provider of homeless services, we offer comprehensive assistance to our neighbors as they overcome the effects of homelessness and return to self-sufficiency. Over the years we have expanded our services to provide several levels of assistance from homeless prevention services through permanent housing.
Our Homeless Prevention Services program serves the community by helping those at risk of becoming homeless. Through referrals, financial assistance and counseling SAMMinistries keeps people in their homes, preventing them from becoming homeless.
Our Transitional Living and Learning Center is a facility to promote the success of families with children under the age of 18. Families are offered a two year program in which they can pay off their debts and, at the same time, receive numerous services and support including educational programs, parenting and money management classes, and a support through a personal Case Manager. Because the program is extensive and space is limited, requirements are necessary and admittance is made through an application process.
Transitional Housing is the final steps a family takes toward self-sufficiency. SAMMinistries has 25 homes in Bexar County that qualifying families may rent at a cost of 30% of their income or, if they are attending school fulltime, $75 a month. Families are also required to pay half of their utility bills.
The Haven for Hope Campus offers a place where many agencies that care for the homeless can provide their services in a unified manner. SAMMinistries serves this campus and the community through our Donation Services Warehouse; accepting and disbursing clothing, household goods, furniture and helping people movie to a place of their own. Our Job-Training and Employment Development Services help men and women from Haven for Hope and SAMMinistries' programs in their efforts to improve their futures by enriching their employment skills. In addition, our Educational Services provides assistance to those with needing help to further their educational goals.
SAMMinistries offers several programs at our different locations to meet the needs of individuals from young to old. Camp SAMM, YMCA, Play Therapy, and the Teen Program address the needs of children at our Transitional Living and Learning Center. Our Parent Nurturing Program is mandatory for all guests with children at all of our locations.
Furniture For A Cause is a retail furniture store owned and operated by SAMMinistries. The store which opened in 2004 sells new and gently used donated furniture. All proceeds from sales go directly to support SAMMinistries.
Can we help you or a friend?