For Our New Friends
The Worcester Housing Authority reserves 15 apartments to house homeless families in its Transitional Housing Program (THP). This program is funded by DHCD.
The goal of our THP is to help homeless families become self-sufficient. Participating families work to meet their self-determined goals and once they have met them, they graduate, and lease their apartment becoming traditional public housing residents.
Families receive extensive support including service referrals, transportation and regular interaction with the caseworker.
How to Enroll
The Department of Transitional Assistance or area homeless shelters refer families to the program. Families complete an extensive program application and assessment where they describe their family, personal challenges and life goals. The goals help determine how the family can address their particular needs and obstacles to self-sufficiency. Goals often include completing a GED or ESL program, paying off debt, community college training or learning life skills.
Families enrolled in the THP do not pay a monthly rent. However, there are several requirements of program participants.
Each family enrolled in our THP is assigned a caseworker who is trained to assist the family in their efforts toward self-sufficiency. The following are a few of the things that we do to help our families.
When they graduate
In the state program, the length of stay is typically 6-7 months with a maximum stay of one-year as determined by Department of Transitional Assistance.
Once a family graduates they typically transition into becoming a regular tenant, leasing the apartment they occupied in the THP. Some participants set a goal of saving money to move to a private apartment, one family saved enough to pay off debt and purchase their own home.
Families needing support after graduation participate in an After Care program. The caseworker will visit the family, offer assistance or provide help from time to time, based on the family needs.
For more information, visit our Transitional Housing office located at 32 Great Brook Valley Ave or call us at 508-635-3355.