Southwestern Community Services Mahc Next Step Trans Housing

63 Community Way
Keene, NH 03431

(603) 352-7512 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Shelter, Transitional housing, Assistance

General Information:
Southwestern Community Services, Inc. Housing Stabilization Services Program provides direct and immediate care to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or whose housing is at risk in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Western Hillsboro counties (and sometimes beyond). We are able to do this through the following programs: Emergency Shelter This program offers short term emergency shelter to alleviate a housing crisis. Access is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are four facilities in Cheshire and Sullivan counties.   Please call the Cheshire County shelter at 603.357.1654 or the Sullivan County shelter at 603.542.3160 for more information about the Emergency Shelter Program or Housing Stabilization Counseling.   Housing Stabilization Counseling A comprehensive housing plan to transition individuals and families back into their communities in safe affordable housing includes:     Daily/weekly meetings with Emergency Housing Coordinator     Needs and Goals assessments     Referrals and support for substance abuse and mental health treatment     Budget counseling and savings program     Life skills workshops to include parenting, nutrition, time management, family planning     Off-site referrals to job readiness training     Telephone access     Tenancy 101 courses   Homeless Outreach The goal of the Homeless Outreach Program is to aid the unsheltered homeless by seeking them out, offering first friendship, then assistance with shelter, food, medical treatment, and other basic survival necessities. Please call 211. Transitional Housing Program The Transitional Housing Program provides rental units and a comprehensive program of supportive services to families that are homeless and in need of longer term case management. Permanent Housing Units for Homeless Individuals and Families Permanent housing units have been constructed or rehabbed for the use of homeless individuals and families in Sullivan and Cheshire counties. Shelter Plus Care Program Rental Assistance vouchers are provided to homeless individuals and families throughout Cheshire and Sullivan counties who are afflicted with serious mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues. The goal of this program is to provide a sense of stability and permanency to these individuals and families and to link them to available public assistance programs, job training, and other opportunities. In time, the recipients of rental assistance will actually be able to reduce their reliance upon this assistance and free up the resources to help an even greater number of individuals. Rapid Re-Housing Program Time-limited rental assistance vouchers and in-home housing supports are provided to individuals and families to help homeless people transition more rapidly out of the shelter system or to avoid a shelter stay altogether. The primary goal is to stabilize a consumer in permanent housing as quickly as possible.    


Helpful Definitions For Southwestern Community Services Mahc Next Step Trans 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.Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency.  The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment. 

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