Transitional housing provides a critical stepping stone, after emergency shelter, toward safety and self-sufficiency for families who have become homeless as a result of domestic violence.
Access Family Service’s transitional housing program, provides long-term housing and supportive services to domestic violence victims. The program provides family apartments for survivors of all gender identities with children for up to 18 months. Supportive services provided include Case management, Group counseling, Financial Literacy, Resume and Job Search Assistance, Parenting, and life skills education.
The Transitional Housing Program provides a crucial link in the continuum of care for victims of domestic violence. Our shelter, Sylvia’s Place, must assist residents to exit quickly in order to have room for the next person in need of emergency assistance; yet, the maximum ninety days is not enough time for many people to reach a point of living on their own. By providing the longer-term support, Access Family Services increases the chances that a family will not have to return to an abusive home.
Access Family Services provides up to 9 families at a time with housing and supportive services. Residents meet with an assigned case manager, who partners with them to meet self-determined housing, financial, education and career goals. Residents participate in weekly meetings that include life skills workshops on topics such as financial literacy and employment. Clients may also meet with an on-site behavioral therapist to address the impact of domestic violence on psychological well-being.