Transitional Housing Options
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH) and Long Term Supportive Housing
Long-term supportive housing is an housing option for families who are having a difficult time finding safe and affordable housing. It is also for families who would benefit from continued case management/supportive services on their journey to self-sufficiency. It is for families who are employed, yet earn less than 50% of our area’s median income.
EPH began its long-term supportive housing process in 2013 with a vision to address the challenges of affordable housing for homeless families in our community. The initial model was to provide affordable housing by working through landlords. EPH is now working on its model as the owner of long term supportive housing opportunities for families.
Freedom House along with The Salvation Army and Golden House work collaboratively with EPH to provide case management for families in the EPH’s long term supportive housing. The two most essential roles of the collaborating partners are to provide family assessment and selection for the housing and to provide support services (case management and other solutions) for the selected families. The value and impact of our collaborative relationship provides safety, stability and solutions for each family while minimizing the disruption of relationships for families. For example, if Freedom House is serving a family who would benefit from EPH’s long-term supportive housing program, Freedom House would continue to provide support services and advocacy for the family they refer.
The Bridge houses a transitional living program. Our transitional living program serves homeless families with children who are unable to move into permanent housing from a shelter or other community programs. With the help of case management and supportive programming, families are given time to overcome barriers and take the next steps in their journey towards self-sufficiency. Budget counseling continues, with an emphasis on debt reduction and credit rehabilitation. Nine fully furnished apartments, a shared resource room, laundry room, and a “Bridge Store” stocked with hygiene and household items provide a safe, clean and encouraging community for families during this time of transition.
Freedom House works collaboratively with Golden House, Eye Heart World, the Green Bay, Howard-Suamico, West De Pere school districts and other community agencies when needed by our families.