Helping Others Until Self Empowered (H.O.U.S.E.)
Emergency Assistance Scattered Site Shelter Program
The H.O.U.S.E Program is funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (D.H.C.D.).
H.O.U.S.E. is a short-term emergency assistance program for families located within the Taunton, Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford areas. Families are identified and referred to Catholic Social Services by D.H.C.D. The goal of H.O.U.S.E program is to rehouse families within 90 days of shelter entry.
Upon entry into the program, families will undergo an initial intake to determine their current level of income and benefits. In the event the family has no income, Catholic Social Services will provide food, clothing, and transportation assistance until the families income is increased and benefits are obtained. After meeting the immediate needs of the families, our Housing Specialists will assist shelter participants in accessing Home Base funds that can be used for rental assistance, stipends, utility arrears, moving expenses, furniture, and relocation. During this time, our Housing Specialist will work closely with families to establish an effective rehousing and stabilization plan. Once the families have met all of the Home Base requirements, they are ready to exit the shelter and begin the next phase of the program, stabilization.
The main focus of the H.O.U.S.E. Program is to help families achieve successful placement into stable housing. This is accomplished by providing families with case management services for one full year following shelter exit. During the stabilization phase, our Case Managers, will work with families on accessing additional housing resources, providing life-skills and financial empowerment training. Additionally, CSS connects families to resources that are available within their respective communities to sustain long-term stable housing.
H.O.U.S.E. Program Coordinator
If you know of a family in need of emergency shelter, they can call the D.H.C.D.