Transitional, Intergenerational Group Residence

  PROGRAM DESIGN & PURPOSE 
  HOW IT WORKS
  WHO CAN USE THE TRANSITIONAL GROUP RESIDENCE PROGRAM?
  WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY THE SHARED HOUSING CENTER STAFF?
  WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ADMISSION?
  HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
  APPLICATION

Program design & purpose

The purpose of transitional housing is to provide not only longer term residency to the homeless, but also a safety network of supportive services that provides opportunities to improve educational, social and economic status so that clients may regain independence, self-sufficiency and return to more traditional housing.

Our transitional programs offer a commitment of 12 to 24 months to homeless single parents with children and older adults. Our supportive services include:

Crisis Intervention

  • Case-management to assist with immediate personal/family crisis; and
  • Provision of groceries, clothing, personal toiletries, medicines and temporary transportation assistance.

Educational/Employment Assistance

  • Educational and training classes in Nutrition, Personal Hygiene, and First Aid;
  • Access to employment and educational opportunities and resources; and
  • Tutorial assistance to school-age children and adults enrolled in classes.

Economic Self-Sufficiency

  • Budgeting & financial management classes;
  • Resident Loan Program to assist with education needs and/or credit re-building;

Ancillary Services

  • On-going monitoring to assist with family's/individual's short- and long-term goals;
  • Mentoring for older adults; and
  • Assistance in securing permanent housing placement.

Social and Recreational Programming

  • Monthly children's recreational & educational programming;
  • Quarterly Mothers' night out; and
  • Family holiday celebrations that promote healthy & happy memories.

Collaborative Relationships to Maximize Stability

  • Day care services through our partnership with Vogel Alcove; and
  • Mental health counseling (individual/family) with UT Southwestern Health Science Center.

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How it works

The group residence is an environment for several unrelated individuals and/or their families to live in one house, share common areas such as kitchen and living room, and have their own private bedroom with private or semi-private bath.

The purpose of transitional housing is to provide not only longer term residency to the homeless, but also a safety network of supportive services that provides opportunities to improve educational, social and economic status so that clients may regain independence, self-sufficiency and return to more traditional housing.

Our agency operates group residence facilities that house single women with small children and older adults. Through our partnership efforts we are able to offer daycare, mental health counseling and life skills training. Adults have the opportunity to improve their education and employment skills, develop budget management and computer knowledge, and enhance parenting skills. Children are enriched with after-school programs, monthly literacy programs an recreational, educational and social activities. This program strives to provide a living environment for homeless older adult clients and single parent families that will enable them to develop an alternative “family” network for self-help and independent living.

Staff supervises the group residence to assure maintenance, sanitation and safety. Staff is also responsible for the delivery of case management regarding screening new applicants and placing exiting residents in a more permanent living situation. Everyday household chores are the responsibility of each resident. Contractual services, networking relationships and volunteers are available to assist the residents throughout their stay in counseling, budgeting, programming and other special needs.

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Who can use the transitional group residence program?

  • Primarily older adults and single parent families living in Dallas County who are homeless or near homeless and seeking affordable temporary housing options, but not rehabilitation services.
  • Residents must be self-sufficient in their own lifestyles, promoting a self-help, self-care and independent living environment.
  • Older adults or head of household of a single parent family must be 21 years or older to apply.
  • The children of the single parent family must not exceed the ages of 10 for boys and 12 for girls when accepted into the program.
  • Typically, the residence is modeled to assist the individual/family through a transition period of their life not to exceed 12 – 18 months.

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What services are provided by the shared housing center staff?

  • Case-management to assist with immediate personal/family crisis.
  • Provision of groceries, clothing, personal toiletries, medicines and temporary transportation assistance.
  • Educational and training classes in Nutrition, Personal Hygiene, and First Aid.
  • Access to employment and educational opportunities and resources.
  • Tutorial assistance to school-age children and adults enrolled in classes.
  • Budgeting & financial management classes.
  • Assistance in securing permanent housing placement.
  • Children's recreational & educational programming and family holiday celebrations that promote healthy & happy memories.
  • Day care services through our partnership with Vogel Alcove.
  • On-site mental health counseling (individual/family) provided through SMU Robert Beavers’ Family Studies Center.

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What is the process for admission to the program?

Individuals interested in the group residence must complete an application and be screened for references and criminal records. If accepted, the resident will be required to complete an agreement with the agency, acknowledging the length of time, house rules and plan of action towards seeking permanent, affordable housing.

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What does it cost to participate in the transitional group residence program?

There is a rental fee of $100.00 or 30% of their income, which ever is the lesser, per month to be collected. Single parent families must be employed, employable or attend school. The older adult may volunteer or work, depending on the source of income.

Your rent contributes less than 1% of the total cost of the Transitional Group Residence Program. Private and public foundations, governmental grants and individual donations fund the group residence. In addition friends of the agency donate in-kind donations, services and materials.

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Application

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After completing your application, please FAX it to 214.828.1499,
Or drop it in the MAIL:

Shared Housing Center
402 N. Good Latimer Expressway,
Dallas, TX 75204


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