Housing Programs

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The HOPWA Scattered Site Housing Program (SSHP) currently provides subsidized housing and strengths-based case management for up to 11 households. The apartments are located in the city of Bridgeport and efforts are made to ensure units match the needs of the residents pertaining to location, size, and accessibility. The SSHP is designed for families and individuals that need financial assistance and supportive services to address their housing, mental health and/or substance abuse, and physical health needs.  Successful applicants to the program have at least one household member diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, are able to confirm that their emotional health is fragile, and are chronically homeless, currently homeless, or presently living in substandard conditions.

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN)

Permanent Housing of the Diocese (PHD) Supportive Housing Program provides subsidized housing and strengths-based case management for up to 17 families whose head of household has a mental health or co-occurring disorder. PHD assists families by providing subsidized housing, while focusing on economic stability and independent living through employment and education opportunities. Case Managers utilize a holistic approach to aid families in developing skills for a well-balanced life. All applicants must be either currently homeless or chronically homeless, and in need of supportive housing services.

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN)

Conger Program is a scattered-site, permanent, supportive housing program for 16 formerly homeless single adults living with HIV/AIDS, a specific fragile medical condition, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder. Each applicant accepted for residency into the program is homeless, chronically homeless, or living in substandard conditions. All tenants are linked to available community resources and receive intensive case management to support their economic stability, overall good health, and well-being.  

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN)

C.C. R. (Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry) Program provides intensive strengths-based case management and permanent housing targeted to 35 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness due to substance/mental health disorders, and repetitive incarceration.

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN)

Merton Homes is located in the Hollow neighborhood of Bridgeport Connecticut at 152-172 Catherine Street and 65 Madison Avenue. This permanent supportive housing program provides residency to 22 formerly homeless families. Among these, 15 families has a head of household with a confirmed disability, and 5 families has a head of household ranging from 18 yrs. – 24 yrs. who are aging out of DCF services. The project-based development has an integrated resident community with 2 Bridgeport Housing Authority families selected from the public housing waiting list that are encouraged to engage in on-site intensive supportive services.  

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN) and Park City Communities (formerly BHA)

The Stratford Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., merged with Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc. on October 1, 2007 to formulate Bethlehem House. The program currently operates as a project-based rapid re-housing program serving up to 6 formerly homeless families in the town of Stratford, CT.

Referrals through ODFC Continuum of Care – Coordinated Access Network (CAN)

Contact Info

Referrals are made through 2-1-1

Program Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Client Stories

Mr. L. is a 57-year-old male who has participated in the Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry (C.C.R.) Program since 2011. Prior to being accepted into the program he was chronically homeless, living in and out of various shelters or on the streets, and addicted to substances which resulted in multiple incarcerations over a ten-year period of time. Since admission to the C.C.R. Program he has significantly improved his health, over well-being, and has become economically stable. Mr. L. regularly participates in Bible study classes for spiritual guidance and motivation. He is a productive member of his community and an advocate within several local organizations where he facilitates informational meetings regarding HIV/AIDS awareness and available resources.  Mr. L. said he ‘takes it one day at a time’ and has remained sober for approximately nine years. With continued support of C.C.R. Program staff, AA sponsorship, family and friends Mr. L. has completed the terms of his probation and is optimistic about his future.

Corporate Offices: 238 Jewett Ave Bridgeport, CT 06606
Phone: 203.416.1503
Fax: 203.372.5045

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