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Department > Services > Homeless Assistance Program > Bridge Housing
This component is a transitional service that allows clients who are in temporary housing to move to supportive long-term living arrangements while preparing to live independently. While in this program, clients must receive case management and supportive services and must have a service plan that describes how the program will assist clients for up to 18 months with the goal of returning clients to the most independent life situation possible. This component is designed to "bridge" the gap between Emergency Shelter and stable long-term housing.
It is recommended that the program be designed to accommodate no more than 25-30 people. This is to insure this service is not a substitute for Emergency Shelter Services. Services may be provided in one or any combination of the following described physical plants:
- A shared facility - a purchased or leased building with shared living areas and individual sleeping areas
- A centralized unit - a purchased or rented building with individual apartments
- A scattered site unit - a rented apartment that exists independent of a common building
Client Contribution Policy
A sliding fee scale for room and board must be developed and clients appropriately charged for service according to the scale. Client Savings Plan - A portion of the money collected from clients for room and board may be reserved to assist the client at the time of discharge from the program to establish living arrangements. This assistance should be provided to the client indirectly in the form of payments on behalf of the client so that the client's eligibility for public assistance benefits is not jeopardized.
- Personnel: wages and salaries, benefits, and training/conferences
- Operating: office rent, communications, insurance, legal services, audits, office supplies, staff travel, overhead and systems consultants
- Fixed Assets: real property, equipment, furnishings, repairs, and renovations
- Purchased client services which directly support clients and are not available from any other existing resources. This may include transportation, mental health, budget and money management
- Room and board and clothing cost for clients
- Housing payments paid on behalf of the client for rent, utilities, and security deposits
- Furniture and appliances purchased for use by clients while in the program
- Mass shelters
- Motel/Hotel/Boarding homes