At Emmaus, we believe that permanent affordable housing with adequate support structures is the key to solving the problem of homelessness. To that end, Emmaus provides an array of affordable and transitional housing programs to help homeless families and individuals become self-sufficient.
Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (SHI) for Families
Emmaus provides permanent supportive housing for 26 homeless families in Emmaus-owned properties. All of our buildings are non-smoking and located close to public transportation, schools, shopping, social services, faith communities, and recreation. The SHI program combines housing and support services. To qualify for the program, participants must agree to work with the SHI case manager to develop and implement a stabilization plan.
Jericho House Safe Haven
Jericho House provides supportive housing with up to 15 units in a Safe Haven setting for chronically homeless men and women. The program serves individuals living with severe mental illness and/or addictions in a “come as you are” setting that meets the individual at a place where he or she can comfortably enter the program.
Outreach staff identify eligible clients from Emmaus’ emergency shelter and build trusting relationships with them. Each resident receives his or her own room, meals, 24-hour staff support, and referrals to needed medical and mental health services. Jericho House offers a safe and sober environment in which mentally ill individuals can develop trust and independence. A low client-to-staff ratio insures that each resident receives optimal support and attention.
Housing for the Disabled
Emmaus’ housing units at Emerson Street Apartments, Winter Street Apartments, and 100 Winter Street provide 20 independent apartments for homeless disabled men and women. Disabilities may include mental illness, substance abuse, HIV, mental retardation, and others. Supported with federal HUD McKinney funds through its Shelter Plus Care program, men and women live separately in their own apartments and receive rental subsidies through the Haverhill Housing Authority. Emmaus is seeking to develop more permanent units over the next several years.
Evergreen Place, which opened in 2009, is located at 41 Welcome Street in Haverhill. Emmaus’ newest affordable housing development, it targets chronically homeless elders and other older adults who are extremely low-income (below 30% of median income). The building contains 20 single-room occupancy units of permanent affordable housing plus a live-in manager’s unit. Presently nine are designated as HUD-funded Shelter Plus Care (S+C) units. Emmaus staff, along with assigned care providers (for S+C residents), arrange for needed support services, including meals on wheels, homemaker services, and home health aides, among others.