Our Positive Placement Program is a critical component to achieve our mission of “Ending Homelessness in the Fox Valley.” Once residents move out of our transitional living facilities, the true test of independent living begins. On average, 95% or more of former residents in our Positive Placement Program maintain safe, stable, and independent housing—which is the ultimate goal of all COTS programming. Positive Placement also benefits the community as a whole by reducing homeless recidivism. Residents leaving COTS pass on lessons learned to their children, preventing a future generation of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Positive Placement continues to provide the support residents received while at COTS once they move into their own home. The Positive Placement Coordinator helps former residents “learn to fish” – to self manage their lives, so that they can continue to be a part of their own solution. Positive Placement, like our residential programs, connects participants to resources in the community, creating a network of support. COTS’ holistic approach ensures former residents maintain independence and self-sufficiency.