(46 Miles Away)
Address: 81 Main St Peabody, MA 01960 Map & Directions Telephone: (978) 531-9775 Website: http://www.cahns.org
Services: Citizens for Adequate Housing, Inc., ends homelessness one family at a time, by providing a dignified, nurturing and supportive environment that empowers each family to reach its social and economic potential. Their mission calls us to support their families with respect and dignity, and to do so in ways which foster independence and self-sufficiency, ultimately breaking the cycle of homelessness. Toward this end we: • Provide both emergency shelter and sober living family housing to homeless families • Assist homeless families in regaining their physical and emotional health; • Teach life skills with a focus on economic stability; • Facilitate transition form shelter to affordable rental housing; • Contribute through education and advocacy, to the creation of communities characterized by mutual respect for all its peoples • Serve as a vehicle for individuals and the business community to become partners in the solution of ending homelessness. Inn Between: provides emergency shelter, case management and support services to homeless families.Program:Inn Transition Sober Family Living Transitional Shelter and HousingBudget: $477,451Category: Human ServicesPopulation Served: Homeless
Program Description: Their sober living transitional housing program is at the Inn Transition. It is a progressive response to the endemic problem among homeless families of alcohol/substance abuse. This specialized program is one of only two sober living transitional housing programs state-wide and serves 8 families. Parents come to their program after having undergone detoxification and/or other extended residential treatment program. Not yet ready for complete independence, the families work on becoming stronger, goal-oriented, and ready for independent living. Families participate in group discussions, local NA and AA meetings, and counseling to intensifying relapse prevention. Their sober living component serves eight families at a time, who stay in their program for a minimum of six months. However, most remain with us longer in search of permanent, affordable housing. (The additional time in program increases their chances of long term recovery.) Program:Housing Search and StabilizationBudget: $110,000Category: HousingPopulation Served: Homeless
Program Description: To be successful, homeless families need access to permanent housing and case management to maintain it. CAH addresses these issues through their housing search and stabilization program. Their work in this area with homeless families begins with their participation in a housing search process soon after arrival. Stabilization continues for up to 18 months after a family has moved on, allowing their unique continuum of care to support the family, remaining secure in their homes.
Phase 1 - Housing search: Housing search and stabilization is a very intense program with case mangers and housing specialists coordinating services while working one on one with their 25 sheltered families on a weekly basis. In addition, they also provide these services to Wellspring House in Gloucester, MA, bringing the total number of families to 30. Their experience has proven that when families are directly engaged in and responsible for the housing search, that they are less likely to get discouraged in the process. In fact, engaged families are more likely to follow through with utilizing available services, acquiring self-advocacy skills and taking steps which increase their likelihood of maintaining and keeping housing. This is a time-intensive process, for both the family and their staff members who work with them.
Also part of this progression is simultaneously working on the issues that lead to the family’s homelessness. Uncovering the underlying causes is critical to the family’s future success. Homeless families face many obstacles in their path toward permanent housing. Preexisting credit and bad debt often play a significant role in a family’s situation. Working with their case and stabilization managers, families address these issues to begin saving money and create payment plans to retire debt. Also, families must have previous land lords willing to recommend them for future housing. Concurrently, as issues like these and others are faced, families begin the process of identifying and applying for housing. Those seeking subsidized housing (most must) can face wait lists exceeding 1 year. Flexibility is key, and their housing specialists are available at non traditional hours to support a family’s housing search, providing the opportunities to respond to available apartments seven days a week. Throughout the process, families meet weekly with the housing specialist to review their plan and progress, and ensure all documents are in order to.
Phase 2 – Housing stabilization: For families in shelter the search for and ability to find affordable housing is a daunting and sometimes discouraging task. Maintaining housing can be just as complex for those starting over. The stabilization portion of this program addresses these concerns, working family by family, each within its unique situation.
Consistent, responsive communication between families, landlords and service providers is critical in promoting long-term stabilization, by identifying and confronting potential problems before they pose a threat to a family’s tenancy. When issues are acknowledged and confronted early, services can be augmented, additional resources secured or alternative plans of action developed to ensure the family continues to remain in their home. Housing stabilization is particularly crucial in establishing a relationship of creditability and trust between family members and property owners. This means ongoing weekly and sometimes daily family contact, often traveling to each family’s home; which can be often be outside the Danvers, Peabody, Salem areas. Stabilization staff is accessible to landlords through phone contact, monthly feedback forms and visits as necessary.
Housing stabilization includes include budget review, ensuring bills are paid and finding solutions should families fall behind. It also includes the fostering of working relationships between the family and landlord, encouraging that problems are quickly identified and solutions be reached. . For families in need of food – their food pantry may be used. For clothing or household items, in kind donations to their shelters are utilized. Incentives, encourage families to stay in program, so for the after 6, 12 and18 months’ milestone’s gift cards for groceries will be shared. Throughout the stabilization process, both plans and services remain fluid; families may no longer need some services but may require others as their circumstances change and they make progress.
Program:Inn Homes - Affordable Rental HousingBudget: $142,150Category: Population Served: Homeless
Program Description: Provides 16 very low income families with below market rate affordable rental housing