Columbus House, a 501c3, not-for-profit organization, offers a broad array of programs and services for the homeless of Southern Connecticut.
Last year over 100,000 meals were served to over 4,000 people. Each year, Columbus House is able to help many chronically homeless adults break the cycle and overcome their addictions, obtain mental health treatment and find housing. Our success is attributable to a wonderful staff of over 85 people, all of whom are compassionate and who are credentialed and certified as necessary.
Our goal is to reach homeless adults on the street through extensive outreach and to provide a safe environment for those who come through our doors.
We provide shelter for over 80 women and men, 365 nights a year, serving over 78,000 meals annually. Case management services include referrals to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, employment training programs, education, health services, and housing.
The Overflow Shelter, for men only, is generally filled to its 75-bed capacity and beyond. This seasonal shelter serves clients with food, clothing, showers, personal care items and case management services. Last year Columbus House had to turn away 1400 men, due to a lack of bed space. (There is currently no overflow shelter for women in New Haven, so Columbus House accommodates the surplus at its Boulevard location.)
A short-term stay for men who are in early recovery who are waiting placement in sober housing, in-patient treatment programs, or permanent housing with out-patient treatment support. Length of stay is 60 days.
The primary goal is to facilitate the successful transition of homeless adults into stable and affordable permanent housing while providing them with the skills needed to keep them housed and independent.
This transitional housing program provides support to 14 male Veterans. The programís goals are to provide stable housing for Veterans, increase access and connection to services, expand social and employment skills, grow self-determination, and encourage reconnection to their communities. Harkness House is part of Columbus Houseís Homefront initiative to support Veterans who are homeless.
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ON THE MOVE
A transitional housing program for 20 men located on the 3rd floor of the main shelter. Clients can stay in the program for up to a year while they learn basic life skills that will enable them to live more independently. This program offers private rooms, meals, and case management services.
This unique program provides up to two years of transitional housing for 15 women who are diagnosed with both mental health and addiction disorders. It is part of the Supportive Housing Project, a nine-agency collaboration that provides social and employment rehabilitation as well as clinical and residential services.
The primary goal of Supportive Housing is to provide safe, secure rental units, offering independent living and a permanent residence. It provides flexible and accessible support through on-site case managers.
CEDAR HILL APARTMENTS
A permanent supportive housing site with 25 efficiency apartments for single adults who were formerly homeless or were at great risk of becoming homeless. Columbus House provides on-site case management. HOME INC owns and manages the property located in New Haven.
A permanent supportive housing site with 20 1-bedroom apartments for single adults. Columbus House provides on-site case management services. Partners include The Connection, the VA (Veterans Administration) and CMHC (CT Mental Health Center)
Columbus House provides case management support to 48 people who live in independent apartments, where they hold their own lease with subsidized rents. The case management support services help people to maintain their housing and live successfully in the community.
A permanent supportive housing site with 22 units for elderly adults, ten of whom have experienced chronic homelessness. Columbus House provides on-site case management services for tenants in this complex. HOME INC owns and manages the property located in New Haven.
Columbus House reaches out daily to the most vulnerable population; those with severe mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions; those coming out of prison; those in the early stages of recovery; those who are unable to afford transportation to and from vital health care services; and those who have lost family, friends and all hope of ever living a "normal" life again.
Employment Services assists people living in the shelter in finding jobs by helping them create and fine-tune their resumes, teaching them interview and communication skills, and providing ongoing support and motivation during their search and employment.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
This team of case managers goes out into the community to engage men and women with severe mental illness and substance abuse issues who are living under bridges, in abandoned buildings and on the streets of New Haven. The program serves over 100 clients annually.
Peer Support Services
Our Peer Support Educators and Specialists are individuals who are in recovery themselves and serve as a valuable resource to our clients who are working toward recovery and independence. They provide wellness classes for our clients and assist them in accessing information and services in the community that support their recovery processes.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
Road to Recovery is a Columbus House transportation program that provides rides for DMHAS clients throughout the state as they move between levels of care within the social services system. Most Road to Recovery drivers have been through the system themselves and in addition to rides also provide peer support for the client being transported.
This program supports 80 men and women who are connected to New Haven parole by providing case management, peer support, and employment services. Program staff assist their clients in connecting to their community, find and maintain employment, and make use of other available services and natural support systems.