What is CATCH?
Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless (CATCH), Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to re-housing and serving homeless families with children. CATCH, Inc. programs support families for up to six months with rental assistance and intensive case management. The CATCH program model represents an unprecedented public/private partnership between regional government, area congregations of faith, local businesses, and strategic charitable organizations.
Homeless families in Ada, Canyon, and Twin Falls counties are referred by local, emergency homeless shelters. Upon acceptance into the program, families are immediately moved into a housing unit (typically an apartment with a lease in their name) and provided basic household furnishings. If not already working, adults are given up to sixty days to find employment and are provided a wealth of community resources. The ultimate goal for families is self sufficiency, and participants are expected to pay their own rent within six months. Approximately 86% of homeless families served are able to pay their own rent within six months.
Local businesses and congregations of faith agree to sponsor a participating family’s rent for up to six months. Leases are signed between the family and landlord, and typically range in market value between $500-$800 per month, depending on the size of the unit needed.
CATCH, Inc.’s innovative service delivery model was originally developed by Founder and Director, Greg Morris, and first implemented as a pilot program in November 2006 by the City of Boise. In November 2008, the model was honored by the National League of Cities and CH2MHill in Orlando, Florida with the prestigious Silver Award for Municipal Excellence. In August 2009, CATCH of Canyon County was launched by the City of Caldwell. CATCH, Inc. was established in 2010 to share the program model with other cities interested in addressing family homelessness throughout Idaho and beyond. In 2011, CATCH, Inc. separated its mission from the City of Boise and currently operates two programs in Southwestern Idaho, CATCH of Ada County and CATCH of Canyon County, as an independent nonprofit re-housing agency.
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