|Windham Family Living
WFL assists low-income families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Windham
by helping them access and retain affordable long-term housing. WFL provides
bilingual/bicultural case management and advocacy and support services including housing
retention and landlord liaison. WFL manages two transitional living units for large families
and teaches goal setting, income management, life skills training, parent involvement and
other skills to all involved in the program. WFL serves 10-12 families annually.
Effective July 2003, WRCC implemented its HUD Supportive Housing Program, Project
Home. The HUD grant is for $802,500 to be spent over three years. The purpose of the
grant is to provide affordable housing and case management services to homeless
individuals and families within Windham Tolland Counties. In addition to being homeless,
Project Home clients must also be facing long-term disability.
WRCC's Project Home staff locates apartments for families and individuals at scattered
sites within Windham or Tolland County, paying the landlord 100% rent and security on
behalf of the client. Project Home clients are in turn required to pay a program fee directly
to WRCC equivalent of 30% of their income (the standard percentage considered
"affordable"). Additionally, Project Home staff provides its families and singles with
intensive, ongoing case management directed toward their housing retention and life
As of January 2005, WRCC implemented its Beyond Shelter program, funded by the
Department of Social Services. Beyond Shelter is an innovative program that prevents the
recurrence of homelessness by providing up to one year of coordinated follow-up services
to households leaving the shelters and transitional housing programs. Services provided
may include education on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, life skills workshops,
assistance procuring food and furniture, as well as support in securing mental health and
substance treatment services.
WRCC operates a five-unit HUD residence for mentally disabled citizens in conjunction with
United Services, Inc., to foster independent living.