Since its creation in 1984, Transition House has provided aid to local homeless families by offering shelter for those in immediate need and by teaching the life-skills necessary to step out of the downward spiral of poverty, become self-sufficient, and return to permanent housing.
In addition to the Three-Stage Housing Program, our Homelessness Prevention Program gives financial aid and intensive case management to families in imminent danger of losing their existing housing.
Our Three-Stage Housing Program
1. Emergency Shelter – Homeless families enter Transition House’s Emergency Shelter where food, shelter, and transitional case management lasting up to 120 days are provided. Families are stabilized, career goals are identified, and strategies to reach them are implemented. Clients participate in employment and/or educational programs. Children are enrolled in school or quality childcare. Transition House’s McCune Family Shelter houses between 15 – 22 families (up to 70 people), and all meals are provided.
2. Transitional Living Residence – The family moves on to transitional residence and
services at our second-stage facility, called the Firehouse, where they live for an average of six months. Career counseling, financial management, and educational enhancement continue. Transition House case management monitors progress toward long-term financial and life-skills goals that will one day lead to lasting economic stability. Life at the Firehouse also provides families the opportunity to build friendships and support networks with other families in preparation for the time when they return to permanent housing. A total of six families live in Firehouse where they share a common living room, dining room and kitchen. Families prepare their own meals and share in household chores. Each family has private sleeping quarters and a portion of income (30% and below) is paid in rent.
3. Permanent Affordable Housing – Transition House families with long range goals of achieving lasting economic self-sufficiency can apply for placement in one of 26 low-cost apartments owned by Transition House. Services including career monitoring, case management and educational enhancement continue to be provided. At the end of two years, the family reaches an income level that enables them to afford market-rate housing. Heads of the household become fully invested in jobs they care about. Savings accrue. The family becomes self-sufficient.
Our Family Centered Services include:
1. Three stages of supportive housing.
2. Provision of all basics needs during the crisis period in the emergency shelter, including three meals per day, diapers for infants and personal toiletries.
3. Fully-licensed, no-cost infant care onsite; and financial assistance and referrals to fully-licensed childcare for toddlers.
4. Employment development program including assistance with job searches, crafting resumes and filling out applications.
5. The Family Support Center includes free ESL, Job Club, a computer lab and parenting classes (Childcare is provided during class time).
6. Referrals to other social service agencies as needed for programs including recovery services, counseling, legal support, and health services.
7. Money management training.
8. Primary healthcare.
9. Bus tokens until income is secured.
10. Referrals for clothing and food.
11. Free evening tutoring program for children.
13. Our Technology and Literacy for Children program.
14. Evening Arts Enrichment Program for children.
15. Haircuts and career clothing.
16. Summer camp scholarships