Southwestern Community Services

Housing Stabilization

Housing Stabilization Services provides assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Western Hillsborough counties. Services include homeless outreach, coordinated entry, shelters, rental assistance, and more.

Shelter staff have created an Amazon Wishlist. If you can help in any way, please use the following link. SCS Shelter Wishlist

If you need immediate assistance please call NH 211.

The Emergency Shelter Program offers short term emergency shelter to alleviate a housing crisis. Access is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are seven facilities in Cheshire and Sullivan counties.

For more information, please contact Lore at 603.209.0251

The goal of the Coordinated Entry Program is to connect with anyone who is facing eviction or currently experiencing homelessness. Outreach seeks to aid these people with providing supplies, food and resources to help prevent eviction or obtain stable housing through coordinated entry.

For more information, please contact: NH 211 or Lore at 603.209.0251

We have developed properties dedicated to providing housing for  homeless individuals and families.  Household eligibility is determined as part of the coordinated entry process.

Rental Assistance vouchers are provided to individuals and families experiencing homelessness with a focus on those with mental health and substance use issues. The goal of this program is to provide a sense of stability and permanency to these individuals and families and to link them to available public assistance programs, job training, and other opportunities.

Time-limited rental assistance vouchers and in-home housing supports are provided to individuals and families to help homeless people transition more rapidly out of the shelter system or to avoid a shelter stay altogether. The primary goal is to stabilize a consumer in permanent housing as quickly as possible.

For more information about the Permanent Housing Program, the Shelter Plus Care Program, or the Rapid Re-Housing Program, please call Kayla, SHP Coordinator at 603.719.4296

The Food Pantry is a tool used in many of the other Housing Stabilization programs to help consumers lessen their financial burdens. When consumers apply for Fuel Assistance, Homeless Prevention Funds, and WIC programs, a budget form is completed. Sometimes it is found that consumers are not able to purchase food or other necessary items because a lot of their income is spent on rent/mortgage, auto payments, fuel, child care, and so on. It has also been found that some consumers are not paying their rent/mortgage, purchasing fuel, paying taxes or auto payments because they need to purchase food and other necessary items. In response to this, SCS operates a small pantry that programs can use as a supplement to consumers’ budgets. A couple days’ worth of food or personal care items or a week’s worth of diapers can go a long way in someone’s budget.

For more information about the Food Pantry, please call 603.352.7512

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