More than 100 homeless families in CHI’s Emergency Housing site in Suffolk County have moved to permanent housing since the facility opened in January 2013. The milestone was reached on March 30 when the 100th and 101st families moved into permanent homes.
All the families at the facility receive case management services that help them find permanent housing and comprehensive social support to address other issues related to their homelessness.
“We are passionate about assisting our clients in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency, and helping them understand that there is a better life waiting for them,” said Christine Boudreau, who manages the site.
Boudreau said that most of the families moved to rental apartments. “About half the families placed had at least one parent, or sometimes both parents, who were permanently employed,” she said. Other families utilized other housing and support programs offered by Suffolk County.
The center in Commack houses approximately 100 families per night and provides a variety of educational, health and life-skills programs assisting both adults and children. In addition to case management and housing placements, the center provides homework assistance, a computer lab, and financial literacy instruction to students. Adults can receive assistance in securing their high school equivalency diplomas, or learn CPR.
“Operating a larger facility allows us to provide a variety of programs to families who otherwise would not have access to these services,” Boudreau said.