Permanent Housing Programs
Catholic Charities provides case management services for individuals and families. Housing programs include the following:
The Stratford Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., merged with Catholic Charities of Fairfield County in October 2007 to formulate Bethlehem House. The program currently operates as a project-based rapid rehousing program serving up to nine formerly homeless families in the town of Stratford, CT. For more information on the Bethlehem House program , please visit the Bethlehem House page on the Catholic Charities website or call 211.
The Conger Housing program is a scattered site permanent supportive housing program for eight formerly homeless single adults living with HIV/AIDS or another specific fragile medical condition, substance addiction, or co-occurring disorder. Each applicant accepted for residency into the program is either currently homeless, experiences chronic homelessness, or is presently living in substandard conditions. All tenants are linked to available community resources and receive intensive case management to support their economic stability, overall good health and mental well-being. For more information on the Conger Housing program, please call 211.
Connecticut Collaborative on Re-entry
The Connecticut Collaborative on Re-entry is a supportive housing program aimed at a set of individuals in Connecticut that repeatedly cycle in and out of homelessness and the corrections system. These individuals have complex, unmet needs and histories of homelessness, often combined with chronic health conditions, mental health issues, and substance abuse. This program provides intensive strengths-based case management. The goal of CCR is to reduce rates of reincarceration and increase housing stability. For more information on the Connecticut Collaborative on Re-entry program, please call 211.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
HOPWA currently provides subsidized housing and strengths-based care management for up to 15 households. The apartments are located in the city of Bridgeport, and efforts are made to ensure units match the needs of residents pertaining to location, size, and accessibility. The program is designed for individuals and families that need financial assistance and support services to address their housing, mental health, and/or substance abuse and physical health needs. Successful program applicants have at least one household member diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, are able to confirm their emotional health is fragile, and are currently homeless, experience chronic homelessness, or are presently living in substandard conditions. For more information on the HOPWA program, please call 211.
Merton House is located in the city of Bridgeport, CT. This permanent supportive housing program provides intensive case management to 22 formerly homeless families. Among them, 15 families have a head of household with a confirmed disability, and five families have a head of household between the ages of 18 and 24 who is aging out of services provided by the CT Department of Children and Families. The project-based development has an integrated resident community with two families selected from the Bridgeport Housing Authority public housing waitlist, who are encouraged to participate in on-site intensive support services. For more information on the Merton House program, please call 211.
Permanent Housing for Families (formerly known as Permanent Housing of the Diocese)
Permanent Housing for Families is a supportive housing program that provides subsidized housing and strengths-based case management for up to seven families whose head of household has a mental health or co-occurring disorder. PHF assists families by providing subsidized housing while also focusing on economic stability and independent living through employment and education opportunities. Case managers utilize a holistic approach to aid families in developing skills for a well-balanced life. All applicants to the program must either currently be homeless or experience chronic homelessness, and must be in need of supportive housing services. For more information on the Permanent Housing for Families program, please call 211.