Family Supportive Housing Program

In support of the goal of Ending Child and Family Homelessness by 2020, the State of Vermont endorses a three-part strategy. One of the three strategies is to bring together supportive services, housing, and rental assistance to improve housing stability for families, children, landlords and communities.

The Family Supportive Housing Program (FSH) is a permanent supportive housing program for homeless families with minor children in Washington County led by the Family Center of Washington County, in collaboration with Downstreet Housing and Community Development, Good Samaritan Haven and Heney Real Estate. The program includes individualized, family-centered case management services.

Each family works one-on-one with a FSH Service Coordinator towards achieving set goals developed by the family with their ‘team’ of other service providers. The goal of the FSH program is to work with families to address obstacles or challenges regarding housing needs, acquire stable housing, and provide support and services to maintain supportive housing. As such, the Service Coordinator is available to the landlord and is able to assist with any tenant/landlord issues that might arise.

The Heney Home: The Heney Home is a one bedroom apartment in Montpelier dedicated to helping homeless families with young children transition to permanent housing. The Heney Home is a collaboration between Heney Real Estate, Good Samaritan Haven, and the Family Center of Washington County that launched in January 2017.

“I can be independent. I was absolutely petrified that I would not make it. That I would fail. I don’t want to live in my car again. I don’t want to go back there. I fought really hard that we would all be together. “

-Single parent participating in Family Supportive Housing for 8 months

For more information, contact Kathi Partlow, Family Supportive Housing Service Coordinator. Phone: 802-262-3292, x154; Email: [email protected]; Fax: 802-262-6070

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