Champ Homes, a local non-profit providing transitional housing and support services to Cape Cod residents, has received a $2,500 grant from the Cape Cod 5 Foundation to support its Transitional Housing Assistance Program.
Champ Homes’ ongoing mission is to provide transitional housing to adults on Cape Cod who are homeless or near homeless in a safe, compassionate, respectful environment, where they instill confidence and hope by providing life skills, mentoring, vocational opportunities, and self-advocacy. Champ Homes is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving individuals age 18 and older — many of whom are challenged by mental, physical, or emotional disabilities; and are recovering from addiction.
Transitional housing is an intermediate step between emergency shelters and permanent housing. It is more long-term (generally two years) and service-intensive than homeless shelters. The goal of the program is to get clients back on their feet and to a place of regained self-sufficiency. In the last 12 months, 65 percent of the Champ Homes clients who moved on from the program have successfully transitioned to long-term sustainable housing.
The program addresses immediate concerns such as hot showers, clean towels, clothing and toiletries, an address and mail services, one prepared meal a day and food to make their own breakfast and lunch. However, once participants have established a place here, the program goes much further. Participants work closely with a team of care coordinators to navigate housing applications, obtain employment, and learn how to advocate for themselves.
To learn more about Champ Homes and how you can become involved visit champhomes.org