Our Transitional Living Program (TLP) supports families transitioning from shelter into permanent housing by providing resources that assist them in establishing long-term stability and independence. The process begins while families are still in shelter. Once employment is secured and families are showing progress in their shelter goals, they establish a projected budget for living in the community. A housing plan is written to determine future options that are safe and affordable. We then assist families in searching for apartments and accessing community resources that help with first month’s rent and security deposits. When families are ready to move in, we also reach out to other local nonprofits and the FPM network for support in collecting household goods, furniture, and supplies.
Once families move out, FPM provides subsidies for one year in areas that address the individual needs of our families including housing costs, debt, or the initial costs of day care or transportation. Families meet with their case manager a minimum of once a month to review their budget and progress toward the goals that will ensure long-term success.
In 2019, we are adding a new model to our transitional living program: a two-family home that will provide affordable housing for up to three years for families that have a parent enrolled in a long-term educational program. The home will be owned by the Natick Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and FPM will select families for the home and support them with case management and assistance in reaching their educational goals. This new addition to our program will provide stable, affordable housing and support to parents truly committed to furthering their education and improving their employment opportunities.
On an annual basis, an average of 7-10 families are served in transitional living.