Shelterhouse is proud to operate 18 units of transitional housing to homeless individuals who demonstrate a commitment to sober living. Our Transitional Housing Program allows individuals to live independently but within a supportive drug free environment while strengthening his or her own sobriety, securing stable employment and participating in case management services. Transitional Housing is often an essential next step for many of our emergency shelter residents in the process of preventing a return to homelessness.
Rapid Re-Housing Program
Rapid re-housing has become an increasingly important tool in a community’s response to homelessness. The model has shown success on the individual level – helping households exit homelessness and not return to shelter. Additionally, it has helped communities decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness and the amount of time households spend homeless.
Rapid re-housing places a priority on moving a family or individual experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 days of a client becoming homeless and entering a program. While originally aimed primarily at people experiencing homelessness due to short-term financial crises, programs across the country have begun to assist individuals and families who are traditionally perceived as more difficult to serve. This includes people with limited or no income, survivors of domestic violence, and those with substance abuse issues. Although the duration of financial assistance may vary, many programs find that, on average, four to six months of financial assistance is sufficient to stably re-house a household.
- In 2014 this program placed 86 homeless residents into permanent housing.
- This is an 80% increase over projection.
- 57% of program participants increased their income.
On average, we provide shelter to 210 men and women each and every day. During the winter months, Shelterhouse usually reaches its capacity each night. In a typical year, we serve more than 70,000 meals and distribute toiletries, towels, blankets and clothes to thousands of homeless residents. Volunteer medical professionals provide basic health care at no cost to residents six days a week.