Funding from Humana will enable Integral Care to expand its existing food pantry at Terrace at Oak Springs (TAOS), a permanent supportive housing community that provides a home and wraparound services to 50 individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and live with mental illness, substance use disorder, and other chronic health conditions.
Currently, the food pantry is open for residents once per month. Additional funding from Humana will enable Integral Care to purchase and stock sufficient food, hygiene items, and other supplies to open the food pantry once per week. This change in the pantry schedule will help ensure that TAOS residents have more frequent access to basic needs assistance, thereby reducing food insecurity, building health and well-being, and enhancing the stabilizing effects of housing.
Additionally, Integral Care plans to pilot a food delivery service for other clients receiving supportive housing services who do not have access to an on-site food pantry. This service will help to ensure that all residents of Integral Care apartment communities — including individuals with transportation barriers and low or no income — have their basic needs met with regular, dependable deliveries directly to their homes.