Smile Housing Services Transitional Housing

501 St. John Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

(337) 234-3272 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing

General Information:
SMILE's Housing Services also include three Family Transitional Shelters, known as  Stepping Stone to the Future 1, 2  and  3 . Two shelters are located in Lafayette, and one is located in New Iberia. Each shelter provides safe and secure housing for four homeless families. Transitional housing is defined as short-term, which means the families live in the shelter from two weeks to two years, a timeline established by HUD. In addition to providing a positive living environment, the program also provide supportive services for the homeless families to help them to achieve more self-sufficiency. These services include life skills, mental health and budget counseling, child care, transportation and youth activities. The goal of the shelter is to move families into permanent housing. The Agency networks with local housing authorities and other groups to ensure that permanency becomes a reality.


Helpful Definitions For Smile Housing Services Transitional Housing:
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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