Phase II Transitional Housing

In 2013, volunteers from many churches in the area began remodeling a home that was donated to The Bridge. This house is what we call a phase II transitional home. In our research, we found that there are not many places where women (especially women with children) can get the support they need when moving from a rehabilitative state to being completely independent, especially if that have children. In many cases women are forced to go back into bad circumstances because they have nowhere else to turn and don’t have the financial means to afford a place of their own right away. These women have made steps to get their lives turned around but they need further discipleship until they are confident enough and financially secure enough to be independent. The average stay is 1 year.

There is an application process in order to be considered for housing. We realize that some women will not be willing to complete the entire application process for one reason or another. Because we meet women in the development phase of their healing, we want to be sure the applicant is ready for this phase. We are not a rehab facility and do not have the resources to provide rehabilitation. If we find that an applicant is not ready for this step, we will refer her to an agency that can meet her needs. Below are just a few of the qualification:

  • Women must provide evidence that they have already been through the relief and rehabilitation stages of healing.   The Bridge focuses on development.
  • Women must have 3 references from local church leaders and/or reputable Christian community leaders.
  • Women must be willing to go through an interview process, make short term and long term goals, and sign a resident contract while living in the Bridge house.

We require a large amount of information during the application process. The reason for this is because we know that this application only scratches the surface of issues that some women are facing. We want women to think through their situation, realize the positive steps they have already taken, and set realistic goals for themselves. The application window will come open anytime that a Bridge house becomes available. We will advertise that the window is open and there will be a two week time period for submitting applications. We will narrow down applicants within a few days of the window closing and do interviews as soon as possible. The Board of Directors will be responsible for choosing the candidate we feel we can best help at that point in time.

True discipleship takes time. While a woman is living in the Bridge house, she will experience loving mentors who will come along side her, be available to answer questions, pray with her, and work through struggles with her. A more exhaustive list of requirements is in your folder. But these are a few:

  • Residents will work with a mentor to write an individualized discipleship plan.
  • Residents will take skills classes according to their greatest needs.
  • Mentors will meet with the resident at least twice a week.

There will also be precautions taken to make sure the Bridge house is a safe environment.

  • The house will be monitored by an outside surveillance camera.
  • The resident will be randomly drug tested on a regular basis.
  • Visitors will only be allowed during pre-set visitation hours.
  • Frequent, random “walk-throughs” will be conducted in the house.

For many women who are recovering from a crisis or trying to overcome poverty, saving money is an impossible task. We feel that creating a situation where a woman can learn, grow, and save is a huge part of her continued success. The resident will pay 30% of her income in rent. If she completes the Bridge program, that money will be given back to her in two installments to go toward deposits or a down payment on future housing. If she does not complete the program, she will forfeit the rent she has paid up to that point.

 

Housing Application