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About Construct

For over fifty years, Construct has been the leader in the fight against homelessness and housing security in the southern Berkshires.

Construct has over 80 permanent, affordable housing options in south Berkshire County, plus 10 units of transitional housing that prioritize individuals coming out of homelessness.

 

Construct also provides emergency funds, rental assistance, and microloans to cover security deposits, fuel bills, utility bills and other housing-related costs.

 

Focusing on providing assistance to those who would not otherwise become homeless or who are transitioning away from homelessness, Construct works closely with many community partners including Volunteers with Medicine, The Brien Center, Great Barrington Family Resource Center, United Way, and Greylock Credit Union.

 

Our Board of Directors meets monthly, on the first Wednesday of every month. Please contact us for more information if you would like to attend one of these meetings.

 

Construct is a 501 (3) (c) not for profit organization.

Mission + Vision

MISSION:  To change and save lives through housing options and a continuum of related services.

 

 

VISION: A socially vibrant and economically healthy community with housing for everyone, including the most vulnerable residents and our vital workforce.

 

 

VALUES:

 

  • Safe, hospitable sober environment for all while working for affordable housing for everyone;

 

  • No wrong door, low barrier access to services and referrals;

 

  • Trauma-Informed approach to participants, colleagues and volunteers rooted in equitable, relationship building, participatory decision making, power sharing and self-care;

 

  • Casual, yet professional environment.

 

  • Coinvestment –equal efforts exerted by clients, staff and volunteers to achieve Construct’s purpose.

 

  • Self-Determination –equal voice is given to processes designed to ensure affordable housing for everyone though decision making roles will vary.

OBJECTIVE: Housing stability for 600-800 household

 

 

STRATEGY: 

 

1) Increase the stock of affordable rental housing.

 

2) Provide emergency assistance to prevent loss of housing.

 

3) Provide workforce development through job training and higher education to result in self-sufficiency.

 

4) Provide transitional housing and supportive services to individuals over the age of 18 to obtain housing in the community.

 

 

SERVICE AREA: 

 

The southern Berkshire region, including Lenox, Lee, Richmond, West Stockbridge, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Housatonic, Sheffield, Ashley Falls, Monterey, New Marlboro and Mill River, Otis, Becket, Sandisfield, and the border towns in Litchfield Country, CT and Columbia County, NY.

SUMMARY

Construct Inc. provides comprehensive housing, support and educational services to anyone in the Southern Berkshire region who has lost his or her home or who lacks financial resources to maintain safe, decent and affordable housing.

 

We are dedicated to helping those in need to rebuild their lives. We provide not only the basics of food, transitional housing and emergency financial assistance, but also adult education and counseling for life skills, employment and housing so people can make the successful transition to lead self-sufficient lives.

 

With a small highly skilled staff and committed volunteers, Construct leverages time, talent, money, technology and long-standing community relationships to support our mission and projects. The bulk of our annual income comes from individual donors.

 

We invite you to help us shape a future for the thousands of residents in the region who lack the simple comfort of a roof over their heads. Help us eradicate homelessness in south Berkshire County.