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Programs

Mission:

To change and save lives through housing options and related services.

 

 

Vision:

A socially vibrant and economically healthy south Berkshire community with housing for everyone, including our most vulnerable residents and vital workforces.

 

 

Values:

 

  • Safe, hospitable, sober environment while working for homes all our neighbors can afford;
  • 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;
  • Co-investment –equal efforts exerted by clients, staff and volunteers to achieve shared purpose;
  • Self-Determination –equitable voice given to processes designed to ensure affordable housing for everyone though decision making roles will vary.

 

 

Cara Davis Project Home

 

Crisis Intervention & Economic Stabilization: Financial coaching, education, employment assistance & direct assistance to stabilize households financially; Emergency motel stays when other options are not available, especially in extreme weather, when household members are particularly vulnerable or to maintain employment.

 

Mobility Mentoring: Empath’s approach to building bridges to economic success through holistic goal settings around finance, employment, training/education, housing, health and family.

 

Housing Counseling: Housing search assistance, advocacy, & support.

 

Adult Education: HiSet Coaching and test preparation; Financial Empowerment Classes, Recovery, DBT, Mindfulness and Expressive Arts support groups.

 

Referrals and Collaborative Services: Our most frequent referrals are for health and wellness as benefits administration, transportation and other housing resources.

 

 

Housing

 

Transitional Housing: 10 bedroom sober houses that support individuals increase income, achieve sustainable permanent housing and address underlying issues that led to homelessness.

 

Project Reach: Three scattered site permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals. Each tenant pays 30% of their adjusted income with the rest subsidized by HUD.

 

 

Egremont!!

 

The Town of Egremont approved using part of a parcel set aside for affordable housing in 1989 to receive two houses that will be moved from Manville St to create 4 condominiums to create affordable home ownership and open the door for meeting their affordable housing goals. Move and construction set for March 2019!

 

 

Great Barrington:

 

Jordan & Genesis House: 10 rooms in two sober living houses in Great Barrington. These houses often a step up from Transitional Housing. At each house there is also an apartment on the property. No project based subsidies exist for this property so individuals can apply Section 8 vouchers.

 

East St. Apartments: 9 one bedroom units with HOME subsidized set asides for households at 30, 50 & 60% of AMI. One unit is also set aside for an individual with a disability.

 

Hillside Apartments: 10 mixed 50 & 60% AMI income rental units from one to three bedrooms, owned by CDC of South Berkshire and managed by Construct. HOME.

 

Pleasant St Apartments: Duplex prioritized for families coming out of homelessness.
Forest Springs: 11 one-three bedroom units with set asides for households coming out of homelessness, living with developmental and mental health disabilities as well as for 30-60% of AMI

 

 

Lee:

 

Prospect St Duplexes: 4 units subsidized by the USDA for families living below 60% AMI.

 

 

Stockbridge:

 

Pine Woods: 25 one – four bedroom low income tax credit units for households at or below 80% AMI; 5 Market Rate apartments

 

 

Other Affordable Housing Services

 

  • Coaching on affordable housing compliance, funding sources, mediation, property management, fair housing marketing plans and other processes to get projects off the ground;
  • Consulting with towns to help them achieve their affordable housing goals;
  • Property management, housing development & rehab partnerships;
  • Receivership in South Berkshire county with priority on set asides for affordable housing.