“It was really the biggest help that I got at Transitional Housing that I could say that this is my home. This is where I feel safe. I am very grateful for that. You are not striving to be rich. You are striving to be well. Then you can function when you get out of Transitional Housing. You know how to solve problems. When you have Transitional Housing, it is an awesome feeling to know.” – A former resident
The Salvation Army’s Transitional Housing Program, the “Center of Hope”, helps motivated homeless families make the transitional from “crisis” to “independent and stable” living. This program helps residents for approximately two years. This gives the family time to 1) build financial resources; 2) establish basic living skills; and 3) survey appropriate and affordable housing. It also allows the family time to take full advantage of community rehabilitative services which may include substance abuse and mental health interventions, employment training and job placements, indiv idual and group counseling, financial counseling, parent education, and other services designed to prepare persons for independent living.
Each resident family is provided a one or two bedroom apartment, utilities, furnishings for the apartment, linens, three meals a day in the dining hall, and child care at a reduced fee ($5 per child per week — ages 2 to 12 only). Each resident is expected to maintain the overall appearance and cleanliness of their home and of the shared living areas. The family is responsible for laundry in a coin operated laundry room and for cleaning supplies. Each floor of the building also has a small kitchenette that is shared by residents for preparation of light meals and snacks. Residents pay a program service fee that affords them all of the various services provided. The fee is set at $255 per month or 30% of the resident’s monthly income, whichever is less.
- Must be homeless
- Preference given to families.
- Couples must be legally married.
- Must be referred by Case Manager of The Salvation Army shelter or other community service agency.
- Must be free of alcohol or drugs for at least six months prior to being admitted into the program (if addiction is a problem).
- Must be committed to stay a minimum of six months in the housing unit and program.
- Must show the motivation to improve your life.