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North Adams, MA 01247
The Louison House is a 22-bed Transitional Housing Shelter that has been in existence for over twenty years. This type of program can house families and individuals for up to two years, though most exit the program within 3 months. In order to be eligible, all clients must meet the federal standard for homelessness and also have documentation, such as an eviction letter. As a condition of acceptance into the program, all clients must accept supportive services provided by the staff and follow their Individual Service Plans. A range of services are offered that include: case management, budget/financial counseling, education/career planning, job/housing search assistance and life-skills training. The purpose of the Transitional Housing Program is to help our clients stabilize their housing situations and assist them in transforming their lives to reach their goals. Last year, 102 clients were sheltered at the Louison House. Upon exiting, 96% of our clients maintained or increased their income and 71% secured permanent housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing The PSH Program houses homeless families and individuals in leased apartments for an unlimited period of time. These units are fully subsidized by Louison House, Inc. and include basic supports such as case management services. This program targets chronically homeless families and individuals who are currently homeless and ready to live independently.
Representative – Payee Program The Representative-Payee Program is designed to help Social Security recipients who are required by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to have an individual or organizational payee manage their finances. A representative payee is appointed by the SSA to receive SSI/SSDI benefits for enrolled clients. The main responsibilities of a payee are to use the benefits to pay for the current and foreseeable needs of the beneficiary and properly save any benefits not needed to meet current needs. Louison House, Inc. contracts out this service to independent contractors, who work with these clients on an individual basis.
Helpful Definitions For Louison House:
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.
How To Volunteer at Louison House:
Be a volunteer. Call Louison House at (413) 663-6323 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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