What We Do
HOME of Somerset County, Inc. provides a continuum of care for homeless families with children. From emergency shelter through our housing-based programs, professional services are supplemented by a large community support network. Professional staff and volunteers provide basic services in a supportive and respectful way that stresses human dignity and empowerment.
As families enter our program, diverse houses of worship provide emergency shelter, meals and basic needs. Families move between congregations on a weekly basis, receiving counseling and support services at the HOME Flynn Day Center in Somerville during the day, while dining and sleeping at the congregations in the evening. Volunteers host the families in each location, extending the bond to our community.
An agency mental health professional evaluates needs of all adults and children and provides appropriate counseling and crisis intervention. Families receive individualized case management and financial counseling which helps them identify appropriate goals for obtaining and maintaining self-sufficiency.
Sunrise House is a learning model for successful independence giving families a safe place to learn about household finances while working on educational and employment-driven goals.
Families seeking permanent housing but do not require the intensive services of our emergency shelter may qualify for Sunrise House, our transitional home. Families receive comprehensive case management in the same structured format as in our shelter, while case plans focus on continued employment, income and permanent housing. Families continue to have access to community resources, and receive mental health and basic needs support. Clients prepare their own meals and pay 30% of their net income or $100/month as rent.
In the Phase 2 program, families move into independent housing where they become responsible for their living expenses and continue to receive case management and support services. While working adults learn how to budget and manage a household, others work on maintaining services aimed at housing stabilization.
The families continue to receive:
Structured case management
Mental health counseling
Parenting and life skills education
Assistance with basic needs and emergency transportation
Emphasis is placed on financial planning for the future; clients attend educational programs offered through the agency. These services continue for the first 18 months that the family is in their own housing. The specific goal is to maintain permanent housing and prevent relapse into homelessness.
Funded by the Homelessness Trust Fund, families at high risk of becoming homeless are referred by the Somerset County Community Development Office for intensive case management, financial counseling and practical support such as basic needs and food supplementation.
Neighbors In Need
Neighbors In Need helps families who live independently, but need support to prevent homelessness or strengthen their stabilization. Clients receive case management that includes evaluating finances, identifying community resources and increasing food security.
Sound Minds provides mental health, crisis intervention and counseling services to our clients, many of whom are victims of domestic violence. The agency-based program allows flexibility with our clients’ needs, enabling counselors to respond to the needs of both parents and children immediately.
Day Care Plus
In partnership with the YMCA, HOME provides 50% tuition for childcare and pre-school aged children at the Somerville YMCA location. Clients are able to qualify for 50% tuition, which enables children in our emergency shelter program access to quality and safe childcare services at no cost to the family. Generous support from private donors and foundations ensure that our low-income children have the opportunity to build a healthy educational foundation.
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