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Transitional Housing for Families Experiencing Homelessness 

Transitional housing programs are supportive housing programs that are temporary but designed to be an intermediate step between emergency shelter and permanent housing.  Eligibility requirements and programming vary by program, but most programs offer structure, supervision, support, and life skills.  Families may only be connected to Transitional Housing by VWFRC or matched through the Family-Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP). 

Kia’s Place I, II, III 

Kia’s Place, which serves youth-headed households (age 18-24), is operated by Echelon Community Services.  Their case managers are equipped to help customers establish obtainable goals, address and eliminate barriers to become more productive citizens in the community.  Their program provides the customer with life skills, case management, employment readiness skills, and intervention mental health services.  Families are connected to Kia’s Place by VWFRC or through the Family-Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP). 

Ionia Whipper Home 

Ionia Whipper House, which serves youth-headed households (age 18-24), is operated by Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative. The program is designed to provide short-term family housing and stabilization services for up to six months as well as aftercare support. Ionia Whipper Home has a kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and conference room. Each bedroom contains 2 or more beds, a mini-refrigerator, toys for the children, and many inspirational pictures and quotes around the room. Families are connected to Kia’s Place by VWFRC or through the Family-Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP). 

Partner Arms 3 

In the Partner Arms 3 program, Housing Up provides 13 units of transitional housing for homeless families. The 13-unit property is located at 342 37th Street SE, in Ward 7. Participants receive supportive case management for up to 24 months with the goal of exiting into permanent housing. Families are prioritized for this transitional housing program through the Family-Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP).