Permanent Housing Programs
Catholic Charities partners with several housing programs throughout Fairfield County, including:
- Bethlehem House is the result of a merger between Catholic Charities and the Stratford Coalition for the Homeless in October 2007. The program currently operates a project-based rapid rehousing program servicing up to six formerly homeless families in Stratford.
- The Conger Program is a scattered-site permanent supportive housing program with sites in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull. It provides housing for formerly homeless single adults living with HIV/AIDS, a specific fragile medical condition, substance abuse disorder, or co-occurring disorder. Each applicant accepted for residency in the program is either homeless or living in substandard conditions.
- The Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry Program provides intensive, strengths-based case management and permanent housing targeted to 35 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness due to substance abuse, mental health disorders, or repetitive incarceration. Program locations within Fairfield County include sites in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, and Stamford.
- The HOPWA Scattered Site Housing Program currently provides subsidized housing and strengths-based case management for up to 11 households. The apartments are located in Bridgeport and efforts are made to ensure units match the needs of the residents pertaining to size, location, and accessibility. The program is designed for individuals and families that need financial assistance and supportive services to address their housing, mental health, substance abuse or physical health needs. Previous applicants have had at least one household member diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, are able to confirm that their emotional health is fragile, and are currently homeless, experience chronic homelessness, or are presently living in substandard conditions.
- The Merton Homes are located in the Hollow Neighborhood of Bridgeport at 152-172 Catherine Street and 65 Madison Avenue. This permanent supportive housing program provides residency to 22 formerly homeless families. Among them, 15 have a head of household with a confirmed disability, and five have a head of household between the ages of 18 and 24 aging out of DCF services. The project-based development has an integrated resident community with two Bridgeport Housing Authority families selected from the public housing waiting list that are encouraged to engage with on-site intensive support services.
- The Permanent Housing of the Diocese (PHD) Supportive Housing Program provides subsidized housing and strengths-based case management for up to 17 families whose head of household has a mental health or co-occurring disorder. PHD assists families by providing subsidized housing while focusing on economic stability and independent living through employment and education opportunities.