Champ Homes, a local non-profit providing transitional housing and support services to Cape Cod residents, recently received a $2,000 grant award from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors to further their mission and program delivery.
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 men and women, age 18 and older, on Cape Cod who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness — many of whom are challenged by mental, physical, or emotional disabilities; and are recovering from addiction.
The goal of the program is to get clients back on their feet and to a place of regained self-sufficiency. 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 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 for participants to make their own breakfast and lunch. Participants work closely with a team of care coordinators to navigate housing applications, obtain employment and learn how to advocate for themselves.
In the past 12 months, 65 percent of the Champ Homes clients who moved on from the program successfully transitioned to long-term sustainable housing.
To learn more about Champ Homes and how to become involved, visit champhomes.org.