Transition House is Santa Barbara’s only shelter for homeless families and children. They have helped over 10,000 families and 70% of their clients return to permanent housing with the economic means to sustain it. To donate directly to Transition House click here.
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Here is some more information about their Three Stage Program:
Transition House is the only homelessness organization in Santa Barbara that serves families with children exclusively. Our mission is to create a realistic and lasting solution to the cycle of poverty-based family homelessness. Transition House accomplishes this goal by providing a holistic array of anti-poverty programs that empower families to take control of their lives, find work, save money, secure housing, and become economically self-sufficient. More than 70 percent of families who join our program succeed in transitioning into permanent housing.
Transition House’s three-stage program includes our 70-bed emergency shelter, a transitional housing facility with room for six families, and 34 affordable housing units owned by Transition House:
Stage One: Emergency Shelter
Our program begins with a 90-day stay at our emergency shelter, during which time the family recovers from crisis, establishes realistic goals with the help of a case manager, works on employment issues, and starts to save money.
Stage Two: Firehouse
The second stage offers six months of transitional housing while the family continues to work on education and employment issues and to participate in the mandatory savings program.
Stage Three: HOMES Program
Families with long-range goals may then move to the third stage for up to a two-year stay in affordable apartment units with continued case management. Transition House owns and operates 34 units of low-income supportive housing.
Critical to our clients’ success in achieving permanent housing are Transition House’s family support services. Parents enroll in a variety of onsite classes including our career development “Job Club,” English as a Second Language, Computer Skills, and Parenting. Infants receive care at our licensed Infant Care Center, and school children participate in specialized evening arts enrichment, free homework help, and literacy/technology programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty for children who are at highest risk of becoming homeless as adults.
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