Laurel Advocacy And Referral Services Laurel

311 Laurel Ave
Laurel, MD 20707

(301) 776-0442 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing

General Information:
ARS is a non-proselytizing ecumenical ministry serving the Greater Laurel area by assisting homeless and low-income individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis by providing both emergency and long-term services designed to promote self-sufficiency. Our Community Crisis Clinic, located just a few blocks from Main Street off of Route 1, offers support to families and individuals in parts of Prince George's (20707, 20708), Howard (20723), and Anne Arundel (20724) Counties. LARS is only able to assist clients residing in these four zip codes. Hours: Monday 9:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 7:30pm Wednesday     9:00am - 2:00pm Friday              9:00am - 2:00pm Transitional Housing LARS provides transitional housing for 10 families for up to 24 months. After it is determined that a client may be eligible, LARS conducts a screening process to select appropriate families for the Transitional Housing Program. Selected families are linked to resources such as medical assistance and daycare vouchers, and participate in numerous budgeting, life-skills, and employment workshops to promote self-sufficiency. Transitional Housing Eligibility Requirements:     The family must be considered homeless (living on the streets or other place not meant for human habitation OR living in a shelter)     Applicants must have a case manager from a shelter refer them to our program by completing a referral application (Please call 301.776.0442 to request an application for referral)     Parent(s) must be working or going to school full-time if physically able     Applicants may have a substance abuse history but must be clean from all substances at least 3 months prior to their acceptance to the program (All household members over the age of 18 must pass a drug test)     If you have any questions about the Transitional Housing Program, please contact Janada Randall at 301.776.0442 ext. 37. Permanent Housing LARS provides permanent housing for 7 chronically homeless, disabled individuals. "Chronically homeless" is defined by HUD as "an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more OR has had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the last three (3) years." A disabling condition is defined as "a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability, including the co-occurence of two or more of these conditions." The program applicant is considered "homeless" based on the following criteria:     Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, park, woods, sidewalk, abandoned building, etc.     Sleeping in an emergency shelter As part of the Permanent Housing Program, clients are connected with benefits and resources such as substance abuse treatment programs, mental health counseling, medical assistance, food stamps, Social Security benefits, and clothing vouchers. If you have any questions about the Permanent Housing Program, please contact us.


Helpful Definitions For Laurel Advocacy And Referral Services Laurel:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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