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Phase III of Seeds of Hope

How Our Program Works
Because we believe that the solution for homelessness is housing (not emergency shelters,) the expansion of our supportive housing occupancy is a vital part of our mission-driven strategy to end homelessness for the vulnerable men and women we serve. All of our clients are on a clear path that leads to permanent housing. Our program is designed with the following stages:

  1. Intake, Assessment, and Stabilization. Homeless men and women, some brought through street outreach with police partners and others who come to us for emergency shelter, are engaged in the program for evaluation and care. If compliant, these 34 clients (at a time) have steady access to shelter and a bed.
  2. Address Urgent Health Needs. Staff facilitate on-campus health services and transfers for acute health concerns, including detoxification.
  3. Individual Service Plan. Staff and clients create the plan and timeline for achieving permanent housing.
  4. Income Development. With staff support, clients obtain work experience, education and/or eligible public benefits.
  5. Transition to supportive housing.

Our Supportive Housing
In 2007, Lifebridge completed Phase II of its Seeds of Hope Campaign and launched 22 units of permanent supportive housing for residents who:

  • earn less than $18,300 annually;
  • pay 30% of their income as rent;
  • are sober or compliant with our 90 day program;
  • volunteer 2 hours weekly;
  • and comply with other aspects of intensive case management.

Each client receives weekly one-to-one support from a case manager who helps him to engage in life on campus, which includes mental and physical health attention from our trained staff, regular and nutritious meals served by our kitchen, and participation in psychoeducational programming.

In the first year of operation, our permanent housing has had an 80% retention rate; our residents are thriving, gaining valuable job and life skills while maintaining a sober and medically stable lifestyle. Yet we still see so much potential--not only in those we serve but also in our own ability to grow.

Phase III
In 2010 we plan to enter the next phase of our housing initiative. The proposed endeavor will transform the vacant St. Mary’s church building at 56 Margin Street to 20 studio apartments to house formerly homeless men and women using a Housing First approach.
As Lifebridge grows and expands its ability to house Salem’s vulnerable and homeless men and women, we are decreasing the number of homeless men and women in the City of Salem.

As we look to the future, we see a supportive housing community that is the bridge from chronic homelessness to stable, independent living. Through intensive case management, high-quality supportive services, and effective education and job training, our Seeds of Hope Campus will change lives.

Community Involvement
A community problem as complex as homelessness requires community support. We welcome residents of the City of Salem and neighboring areas to join us in our campaign to end homelessness.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our transformational work with the homeless and plans to add an additional 20 units of housing to our Seeds of Hope Campus.

 

56 Margin Street | PO Box 810 | Salem, MA 01970