Supportive Housing is the Solution
The solution to homelessness is not more shelter beds.
Part of the solution is to create affordable housing; particularly housing that has supportive services for people with disabilities. It is less expensive to provide housing than it is to provide homeless services.
All Tedford supportive housing programs have on-site services including case management and advocacy for individuals and families. People who live in supportive housing sign leases and pay rent, just like their neighbors. The key to the success of supportive housing is combining permanent housing with supportive services tailored to the needs of individuals.
Tedford Housing has four supported housing facilities:
Blake Street Family Apartments
The Lewiston Supportive Housing Program is permanent housing for homeless households linked with supportive, case management services. Tedford Housing has developed 114 Blake Street as 10 apartments for homeless families. The property consists of 2- 1-bedroom apartments, 2- 3-bedroom units, and 6- 2-BR units. The facility also contains an office and meeting room. Tedford owns the property and manages the property with Labrecque Property Management. Tedford Housing, along with other community agencies, such as Common Ties Mental Health Services, Lewiston Housing Authority and Tri-County Mental Health Services, will provide case management and residential attendant services to tenant families with the goal of helping them to move to greater independence and have a better quality of life. The program is based upon the “Housing First” model of serving homeless individuals and families and is premised on the belief that vulnerable and at-risk families are more responsive to interventions and social services after they are in their own housing.
Everett Street Apartments in Brunswick
Everett Apartments in Brunswick is for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and are living with a disability. The eight- unit building has a common meeting room, laundry facilities and office space. In partnership with Sweetser and other community providers, staff provide case management services tailored to fit the needs of individuals. Tedford emphasizes positive landlord-tenant relationships, and long-term housing stability.
Evergreen Woods in Bath
Evergreen Woods is permanent supportive housing for six homeless families in which one adult is living with a disability. It is the first such project for families in mid coast Maine. This building consists of three 2-bedroom units and three 3-bedroom units. Two apartments are fully handicapped accessible. The building also has a common meeting room, laundry facilities, and office space.
Tedford Housing, Sweetser, and the Bath United Church of Christ collaborate to provide a variety of formal and informal services for the families living at Evergreen Woods. Tedford and Sweetser provide case management and skill-building services. Tenants come directly from the Tedford Housing Family Shelter or are referred by Sweetser’s homeless outreach services
Gilbert Place in Bath
Gilbert Place is a five-unit apartment facility in Bath that provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless adults living with a disability. It was the first such facility in mid coast Maine. Sweetser provides services on site.
19 Pleasant St. in Augusta
A two-family apartment building providing permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless families with a head of household who is living with a disability.
Franklin School Apartments
The project was initiated in response to “The 10 Year Plan to Eliminate Homelessness in Lewiston and Auburn” that was adopted by both Cities in 2009. Further, the project addesses the City of Auburn 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan in which ten units of supportive rental housing would be created in the Union Street target area.
The program is based upon the “Housing First” model of serving homeless individuals and families and is premised on the belief that vulnerable and at-risk homeless individuals are more responsive to interventions and social services after they are in their own housing. Case management is the coordination of community services through the assessment of need, and the linkage to and coordination of community.
The objective is to help adults with disabities escape the cycle of homelessness and progress towards independence and a better quality of life. Secondarily, the object is to reduce the need for a return to more costly, publicly funded emergency services.
Supportive housing has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing long-term homelessness and the associated costs. Housing First states that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and the issues creating the homelessness are then addressed.
The Franklin School Apartments are permanent housing for homeless households linked with supportive, case management services.
The property consists of 6- 1-bedroom apartments, one of which is handicap accessible. The facility also contains an office, meeting room, and on-site laundry and is located 1.5 miles from the Auburn Mall and .5 miles from downtown Auburn.
The facility formerly served as an Auburn School Building.
Sun Journal Article: Franklin School Apartments
For more information about any of our supportive housing options, contact Giff Jamison at (207)729-1161 x-107