Sarah DiMaio, Program Director of The Marshall House, on WDRC-AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut.

Sarah discussed homelessness and the demand for shelter and services in Greater Hartford.

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Marshall House

Marshall House

In Greater Hartford, The Salvation Army has been working with families and single women who are homeless for over 40 years. In 1974, the organization opened a 12-bed shelter for families and single women who were homeless.

Marshall House has since grown to a 27-bed Family Shelter and a 23-bed Overflow Shelter, providing comprehensive services to people who are at risk of homelessness, currently experiencing homelessness, or are transitioning from homelessness back into stable housing.

A Message from the Director

The Salvation Army helps bind the wounds of modern day life. None of us are exempt from the trials and tribulations of life. Homelessness does not discriminate. My hope is that every life that we touch here at the Salvation Army's Marshall House is in some way made better through our services, kindness and care.

Marshall House Philosophy

The Salvation Army's Marshall House is located in Hartford's Asylum Hill Neighborhood, at 225 South Marshall Street. Marshall House programs offer far more than just meals, clothing and a place to sleep. Services are holistic and include prevention and response to issues surrounding homelessness and poverty. Residents are offered education, employment skills training, advocacy services, counseling and compassionate care so that they are empowered to lead responsible, self-sufficient lives. The staff at Marshall House is committed to providing a safe environment, support and guidance for residents during difficult periods in their lives.

Family and Overflow Shelters

These shelters provide sheltering services for up to 50 residents who are homeless, including: emergency housing, nutritious meals, case management, employment readiness/job search services, life skill workshops (i.e. nutrition, improving credit, resume writing, and job and apartment searches), recreation groups for children, family activities, onsite assessments for mental health and substance abuse needs, and an on-site computer lab to support residents in their efforts to become job ready, and to search for jobs. The goal of the Family Shelter is two-fold: First is to provide a safe place for people who are homeless and provide for their basic needs. Second is to empower the shelter's residents to rebuild their lives and move into and maintain stable housing.

Rapid Re-Housing Program

The Housing 1st Program, which opened in 2003, has since transitioned to a Rapid Re-Housing Program. It provides intensive supportive services, including short and medium-term rental subsidies, to families who are homeless so that they may quickly transition into permanent housing. This program serves approximately 30 families each year.

Homeless Prevention Program

Operating since 1996, the Homeless Prevention Program provides intensive case management services and limited financial assistance to those at risk of homelessness, with the goal of stabilizing housing and developing greater powers of self-sufficiency and self determination. In 2013, the Homeless Prevention Program provided case management services to stabilize 307 households who were at risk of homelessness. Financial assistance grants were given to 169 of these households for back rent, security deposits, and utility bills to enable households to either move to or maintain stable housing.

Supportive Housing

Also since 1996, Marshall House has been a subcontractor with Community Renewal Team, Inc. for a HUD Continuum of Care for the Homeless Supportive Housing Grant. Through this Supportive Housing Collaborative, Marshall House provides case management services for 15 families experiencing homelessness to move to and maintain stable housing.

Program Director

Sarah DiMaio

Sarah DiMaio

Divisional Secretary

Major Roger E. Duperree, Jr.

Major Roger E. Duperree, Jr.

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225 South Marshall Street, Hartford, CT 06105
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