As the costs of nearly all basic necessities continue to rise, it is becoming all too common for families to find themselves struggling with their expenses and falling behind. It takes very little time for these families to face termination of utility service or even threat of eviction. The Salvation Army's Greater Waterbury Corps has a Homeless Assistance Office to help such families in their times of need. The homeless prevention assistance provided through this office exists to intervene before a family has to leave their housing and take to the streets or look for available shelter beds. This component, which has been offered since 2009, provides case management and financial assistance to keep families housed until they can regain stability. The Greater Waterbuy Corps is the only organization in Waterbury that is providing homeless prevention services.
For those that are homeless, the Housing Assistance Office's Family Emergency Shelter provides safe, temporary lodging to families with children, along with basic necessities, and the supports and services to assist the families in obtaining stable housing. These services have been a safety net for some of the City's most-disadvantaged citizens during this difficult economic climate. It is a 30-bed, 9-room facility and the only shelter in the Greater Waterbury area that accepts families intact (mother, father and children).
When eligible, the families residing in the shelter can apply for funding from the Rapid Re-Housing Program to expedite the move to permanent housing. This shortens the time in the shelter for the family and opens up available shelter rooms for others who need them. This Rapid Re-Housing Program sets itself apart by serving as a sub-contractor between the State of CT Department of Housing and New Opportunities, Inc., as the regional provider for rapid re-housing services in the Greater Waterbury area.
Following entry into one of the Housing Assistance programs, the staff will immediately begin the process of providing families with assistance such as housing stabilization, rental searches, employment assistance, landlord recruitment, and/or relocation services.
Whether it's embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!
Major Roger E. Duperree, Jr.