COI’s mission of helping people help themselves live healthy and productive lives comes into clear focus with the Transformational Housing program. The goal of this program is to help our residents address the issues that made them susceptible to homelessness and obtain permanent housing.
We do this by providing safe and stable housing for up to 16 men, 12 women, and 42 family members in 11 family rooms. Once they are housed, we wrap all the services we can around our residents, starting with case management.
One former Transformational Housing resident recently moved into his own apartment. He said, “I couldn’t have done this on my own. I needed to learn how to be an adult, without the fear of failing. COI is not judgmental and keeps me safe.”
Transformational Housing provides opportunities for self-sufficiency
Our Transformational Housing Program provides an opportunity for people to learn to become self-sufficient and productive members of our community. In a structured, safe, and supportive environment, clients may take advantage of our case management services and life skills training.
We believe that each of our clients has the potential to change and better their life. Our staff is committed to providing the highest quality services to all clients regardless of their background. We strive to support our people with dignity and respect as they learn new skills. We focus on individuals’ strengths and resources to empower them to help themselves.
While working toward their goals, they are encouraged to take advantage of our services which include:
- Substance abuse treatment
- Veteran’s support services
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders
- Mental health counseling
- Domestic violence counseling
- Nature-based childcare
- Parenting education
- Dental and medical services
- All clients and/or families are offered a case manager who will complete a needs/barriers assessment, using Trauma Informed Care and Critical Time Intervention techniques.
- Case managers and clients will set goals and action plans based on clients’ individual needs, available support and resources.
- Goals may include gaining financial security, obtaining permanent housing, addressing mental health or substance abuse problems, and learning how to access resources in the community.
- All clients participate in weekly classes on life skills, career skills, computer skills, health issues, cooking and nutrition, and communication.
- All clients are required to complete daily chores to keep our facilities clean and beautiful.
- Housing is contingent upon appropriate behavior.
- Men and women must be 18 years or older. For families, the head of household must be 18 years or older. (A family consists of at least one adult and one child.)
- Complete a housing pre-screen and orientation.
- Provide a clean urinalysis and breathalyzer test.
- Must have established residence in Linn, Benton or Lincoln county.
Questions & Answers:
Who does this program serve?
Homeless men, women, and families where the head of household is at least 18 years old or emancipated. Clients must not be intoxicated, abusive, or violent while engaging in our programs and services. We do not shelter sex offenders or violent/dangerous offenders whose behavior may jeopardize the health and safety of other clients and staff.
How long do people usually stay?
Although there is no set maximum length of stay in COI transitional shelters, the average successful resident is here for 7-9 months.
Is there a cost?
Yes. Clients must pay $6 per night. Clients without income are eligible for “Work for Fee” chores in lieu of their housing fee.