Term Transitional Housing/Shelter
Code BH-8600
Definition Programs that provide extended shelter and supportive services primarily for homeless individuals and/or families with the goal of helping them live independently and transition into permanent housing. Some programs require that the individual/family be transitioning from a short-term emergency shelter. The length of stay varies considerably by program. It is generally longer than two weeks but typically 60 days or more and, in many cases, up to two years or more. The supportive services may be provided directly by the organization managing the housing or may be coordinated by them and provided by other public or private agencies. Transitional housing/shelter is generally provided in apartment style facilities with a higher degree of privacy than short-term homeless shelters; may be provided at no cost to the resident; and may be configured for specialized groups within the homeless population such as people with substance abuse problems, homeless mentally ill, homeless domestic violence victims, veterans or homeless people with AIDS/HIV. In some cases, a "transition in place" option allows families to continue living in the same complex (if not the same unit) where their transitional housing unit is located when they are ready to move to permanent housing. In other cases, the permanent housing option is either public housing or private rental housing supported by a tenant-based voucher subsidy. Included are post-domestic violence shelter housing programs that make affordable rental housing (or other accommodations) available to women, generally those who are coming directly out of a domestic violence shelter or other crisis shelter, often in apartment complexes owned by the shelter; and programs that provide transitional housing and support services for other targeted groups such as military and veteran families and others who need a temporary supportive living environment to maintain stability and begin to thrive.
Created 10/29/07
Changed 4/23/20
Use References Bridge Housing for Homeless People
Bridge Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse
Bridge Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence
Post Domestic Violence Shelter Housing
Second Stage Housing
Transitional Housing
Transitional Shelter
Transitional Shelters
Transition in Place Transitional Housing Programs
See Also References Domestic Violence Motel Vouchers (BH-1800.1500-080)
Domestic Violence Shelters (BH-1800.1500-100)
Homeless Alternative Housing Developments (BH-7000.4600-300)
Homeless Courts (FC-8200.8100-270)
Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing (BH-8400.3000)
Homeless Shelter (BH-1800.8500)
Homeless Shelter Volunteer Opportunities (PX-2300.3100)
Medical Respite Facilities/Beds for Homeless People (BH-1800.9000)
Street Outreach Programs (PH-8000)
Street Outreach Volunteer Opportunities (PX-2300.8030)
Transitional Residential Substance Use Disorder Services (RX-8500)
External Classification Terms Emergency Shelter Care for the Homeless and Transients (UW 7.1.02.07)
Homeless Shelters (NTE L41)
Housing (AIRS HO-300)
Housing (CAN HO-300)
Living Situation (ACH A-01)
Transitional Housing (NPC L02.04)
Related Concepts Domestic Violence
Emergency and Crisis Services
Ex-Offender/Reentry Services
Foster Care Transition Services
Homelessness
Facet Service
Comments
Bibliographic References "Coalition Definition: Transitional Housing", Community Services Initiative website, http://www.csip.nebraska.edu/housing.htm

"Housing Models", By: Gretchen Locke, MA, Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, MA, Jill Khadduri, PhD, Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD, Ann O'Hara, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Boston, MA, http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/homelessness/symposium07/locke/index.htm

"VFW National Home for Children", http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/#!homes1/cu3i

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