Homeless No More is a Reality

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

This we know for sure about homeless and at-risk families: Every situation is different.

This we have learned after working with service providers all across the Midlands: The answer for each family begins with an understanding of the root cause of their homelessness and with the development of a tailored solution—usually across a full continuum of services and housing options—to meet the needs of that particular family.

And this means our community must offer a healthy, coordinated continuum for families.

And that’s why we’ve made the decision to lead the effort.

As of today, Trinity Housing Corporation will be known as Homeless No More, an advocacy, services, housing and community bridging organization committed to wiping out homelessness among families in our community. Our work is broad. We have expanded our programs from our best practice, 30-unit St. Lawrence Place transitional housing to now include Live Oak Place, a series of affordable housing units in Columbia and across Richland County. We are offering emergency services to families through rapid re-housing programs. We are convening service providers to ensure a full, healthy continuum of services and care exists in our community. We are creating an intake center and serving as counselors in beginning the important work of developing individualized family life plans for those in need in our community. In addition, we will speak on behalf of the invisible population of homeless families in local, regional and national forums.




There is much more to say about this bold initiative, and we’ll share those details in coming weeks. For now I’ll just point out the most important fact we learned in a study conducted on our behalf by the University of South Carolina:

82 percent of families who access homeless services in Richland County use those services only once

Yes, Homeless No More is our name, and it is our battlecry. But studies show it is also a goal within reach.

Let’s get started.


Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

The power of Empowerment during Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week


During this Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, November 14-22, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for, and take time to share our compassion with our neighbors experiencing homelessness, many due to flooding.

South Carolina ranks 42d overall in terms of homeless children based on economic well-being, education, health, family and community factors.  St. Lawrence Place served almost 100 children last year through our literacy-based children’s program, in addition to others from Family Shelter and the surrounding neighborhood. This ranking is a statistic that Midlands service providers, like St. Lawrence Place, aim to improve dramatically.



Together We Are #SCStrong

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

The Togetherness of Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week

I started a talk this week by saying if people thought the nonprofits in town didn’t work together; they needed to look around the room.  There were representatives from Women’s Shelter (Kathy Riley “raised me” and their ladies work in our internship program), Sexual Trauma Services (they provide staff training and family resources), and Healing Species (they’ve spent summers with our children teaching them important lessons on handling anger) surrounding me. We were all receiving grant funding…and we were all genuinely happy for each other.



Not One Child. Not One Night.

Posted by: Kris Esgar

No family should be homeless in America

The Bassuk Center recently released a report endorsed by service providers, including St. Lawrence Place, in all 50 states.  This report on family homelessness illustrates how a comprehensive solution involving both housing and services can end this growing problem in America.

Click Here for Bassuk Center Report

A New Way to Support SLP- Throw a “Rent Party!”

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls


Remember the trip we took the HomeFront in New Jersey a few months ago?  I learned so much about the best practice of family homelessness continuums of care, and how we can better our programs at Trinity Housing to serve all homeless and at risk families in many different ways.

I also learned a few creative ways to help pay for those programs.

Throwing a “Rent Party” for St. Lawrence Place was one of them.

Why Transitional Housing for Families?

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Two “buzzwords”/ hot topics in the housing sector: Rapid Rehousing and Housing First.  Both of these ideas essentially follow the belief of: “move a person experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible to have the best outcomes.”

Sounds great, right?  In some cases and in some places, it has been; (initially, at least—we don’t have much long-term data yet.0  And research has shown that when dealing with specific populations—chronically homeless single men, for instance—the practice has been largely successful.

However, I think, and new research shows, that for families, Housing First is not always the answer.