Transitional Living Program

Affordable housing remains a top need for survivors of domestic violence.  Since 2008, The Shelter’s Transitional Living program has provided safe, affordable, and supportive transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence who are facing homelessness. It is the goal of Transitional Living is to maintain an empowerment-based, safe and secure living environment for domestic violence survivors and their children.

Cottage 6 – Bluebird Cottage

Cottage 7 – The House That Love Built

The Shelter’s Transitional Living program is comprised of seven transitional cottages where residents can live for up to 24 months with an array of supportive services. Prior to entry, adult residents meet with the Transitional Living Advocate to create individual service plans. Additionally, a weekly meeting schedule and participation in the weekly life skills group is coordinated. Service plan goals typically include increasing income, decreasing public assistance, and developing skills and abilities which empower the individual to build hope for the future; self sustain, and obtain permanent violence-free housing.

Program Components

The Transitional Living program provides the following service coordination, either directly or through referrals:

  • Assistance with entitlement benefits through referrals
  • Case coordination and counseling to achieve service plan goals
  • Child care
  • Crisis intervention
  • Domestic violence counseling and safety planning
  • Economic Empowerment, including budgeting and money management
  • Education and employment assistance
  • Exit planning and relocation assistance
  • Follow-up contact
  • Healthy relationships education
  • Housing assistance
  • Information on public transportation
  • Information on the effective use of medical, dental, and mental health systems
  • Interpersonal communication skills training
  • Legal advocacy
  • Life skills training
  • Linkage with specialized help for individuals with disabilities
  • Preventative health and education services
  • Provision of start-up household items
  • Social, cultural, recreational activities
  • Support groups
  • Transportation
  • Use of community resources