Shelter Care Ministries Rockford

218 7th St
Rockford, IL 61104

(815)964-5520 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing, emergency shelter, supportive housing.

General Information:
Provide Shelter: Terms like emergency shelter and transitional housing are common among the housing programs providing housing services to individuals and families who are homeless. This type of housing is time limited and though it will provide respite, often there is not enough support and intervention to end a family’s poverty. This falling back into the cycle of homelessness reflects limits on housing programs, not a failure of the family or individual. The ladder out of chronic poverty and persistent homelessness requires achieving and strengthening one level before moving successfully to the next. Shelter Care Ministries is committed to self reflection and evaluation of our housing programs in our commitment to recognizing the extraordinary and complex needs of families, as well as developing a process for moving towards health and wholeness. Awaken Hope/Honor Dignity: The housing staff at Shelter Care believes that people are whole and complete -- that they have natural resources, and when given support and coaching will move to a place of hope and achievement for themselves and their children. This takes time, resources and space for people to discover they have the ability to plan and shape the path they will travel on in the future, and that circumstances are merely opportunities for reflection and re-framing. Shelter Care is unique in that it houses families together, keeping mothers and fathers with their children or single moms or dads with their children together in one unit. The current eligibility is that parents must have children in their custody. Shelter Care offers the following housing programs: Level One Housing: Emergency Shelter – 6 months - 10 two or three bedroom units Level Two Housing: Transitional Housing – Up to 24 months - 7 units Permanent Supportive Housing -- Family with Head of Household with a disability:  4 Units Permanent Supportive Housing -- Family with Head of Household who is a Veteran:  4 units Our Housing Program staff works with residents in partnership always honoring the resident’s agenda, while holding accountability structures that support converting breakdowns to breakthroughs.


Helpful Definitions For Shelter Care Ministries Rockford:
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.Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

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