CASL works with local county housing authorities for the nine counties we currently serve and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help individuals and families facing homelessness or housing instability due to the inability to pay rent. Through subsidy funding, CASL can help households at 80% of the median income or below. CASL seeks to help people with disabilities, low-income families, the elderly, and veterans.
Each CASL location is a distribution point for community food bank services. CASL works with the local hunger relief organizations in the counties we operate to ensure our clients have the food they need. CASL believes if people have the right support system, including stable housing and food security, it transforms their lives.
A 2019 study by Feeding America found that 1 in 9 individuals and 1 in 7 children nationally lived in food-insecure households. In Sarasota, the food insecurity rate was 11.3%. These numbers have likely increased due to the recent pandemic.
Substance Abuse treatment services
As a contracted provider of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBHN), CASL has access to CFBHN’s provider network to ensure clients/residents have access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Some of these agencies are Agency for Community Treatment Services, Cove Behavioral Health, Gracepoint, and Northside Behavioral Health Center.