The most intensive housing service offered by the Center is the Elm Street First Time Renters Program. This program was developed in response to the alarming increase in the number of families whom we serve that are homeless. We offer not only transitional housing for up to ten young families or at-risk youth in a renovated boarding house located in Middlebury, but also the opportunity to learn skills that will help them be successful future tenants with community landlords. Residents participate in a weekly housing group focused on budgeting, tenant rights and responsibilities, getting along with neighbors, basic home maintenance and other pertinent topics and they are supported to practice these skills while residing in our housing.
Residents stay from one to two years, depending on age at entry.
In addition, we provide a variety of non-residential housing supports to homeless adolescents and families with young children.