Distribution, Service & Usage
EDAR partners with a network of philanthropic, governmental and homeless advocacy organizations to assist in the distribution of EDAR units. This allows us to identify EDAR candidates as well as to provide EDAR users with additional resources, including social services. For individuals who are not affiliated with one of these organizations and would like an EDAR unit, EDAR will refer an individual to an existing distributing partner organization in their area so that they may receive a unit through them.
Currently EDAR units are being used in a variety of modalities determined by both the needs of the distributing agency and the homeless clients. In all cases, we ask the distributing agency to collect feedback from the EDAR user and in many instances, the EDAR unit becomes a "first step" for those that are often reluctant to enter a traditional shelter system. By collecting feedback and offering additional social services, our distributing partners create a relationship with the EDAR users, increasing the chance of them transitioning into a more structured program offering transitional and eventually permanent housing options.
Here are a few examples of the current ways EDAR units are being used: