Basic Needs: Food and Shelter

Community Kitchen

Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents. Staff and volunteers ensure that guests are served in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.

Emergency shelter and community kitchen are funded primarily by individual donors, arera congregations, civic organizations, special events and government, foundation

Emergency Shelter

Residents of our 37-bed emergency shelter for men, women and children receive three meals per day and have use of laundry facilities. Each resident works with a service coordinator to develop a case action plan that may include: counseling, crisis intervention, goal setting, housing assistance and referrals services; e.g., substance abuse treatment, education, job training, child care or a combination thereof.

Transitional Living Center

This is a six- to 24-month program for 15 single, homeless adults. Each participant is provided a room, case management and an individualized case action plan. The program serves people with mental health and substance abuse issues as well as education and employment challenges. The focus is the learning of life skills – the structure and support essential for independent living. Five rooms are for veterans.

Funding provided by the Department of Social Services and HUD since 1992

Community Outreach and Homelessness Prevention

Emergency Needs Homeless Prevention Ministry

This program works to prevent homelessness through financial assistance and referrals. It can offer temporary cash assistance for housing, utilities, medication, clothing, transportation, education and other basic needs. Services often provide a hand up to those who face health and employment hardships or have fallen between the cracks of the social service system.
Funded primarily by individual donors, area congregations, civic organizations, foundation and corporate grants and special events.

PATH Homeless Outreach

PATH staff reach out to chronically homeless people who are living in abandoned buildings, doorways, parks, makeshift tents, shacks or under bridges. Most have burned their bridges and are either underserved or without support. Once a PATH connection is made, work begins to bring the person “inside” so that medical and other issues that have prevented them from seeking help can be addressed. PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) was originally funded in 2002 by a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Permanent Supportive Housing

PEAK Housing (scattered site)

This program provides homeless, disabled adults and their families with certificates to live in 35 apartments scattered throughout the New Britain area. PEAK pays the landlord rent and participants pay a fee based on their family income. PEAK staff facilitate communications between client-tenant and landlord so that needs of both are met and the client has the best possible opportunity for successful independent living in the community. Funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development

Arch Street Housing (project based)

Arch Street Housing is a community of once-homeless individuals and families who have overcome tremendous challenges toward the goal of living independently in apartments of their own. The combination of a permanent home with built-in case management services is a proven formula for supporting homeless people as they attain and maintain their dreams. Arch Street Housing consists of 21 one- two- and three- bedroom apartments at 59 and 85 Arch Street in New Britain.
Initial funding for Arch Street Housing was a private/public partnership made possible by a community capital campaign and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). Ongoing support services are funded by the Connecticut Department of Housing and Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Home At Last Housing (scattered site)

The Home at Last (HAL) program provides 10 chronically homeless, disabled adults with certificates to live in apartments scattered throughout the New Britain area. These individuals have substance abuse and/or physical or mental disabilities making them the most vulnerable of the homeless population. Built in case management services provide support to ensure they remain in stable housing as they work towards successful independent living. Funded through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Housing (DOH).