Through a contract with the Nassau County Department of Social Services, CHI manages 15 transitional housing units for homeless families. The transitional program provides temporary housing in traditional apartments located throughout the community. These settings, combined with intensive case management from the CHI staff, provide the families, most of whom are working, with the stability and opportunity to become self-sufficient
All referrals of homeless families to our program must go through the Department of Social Services.
CHI, in collaboration with the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS), developed a congregate model to address the needs of its homeless population. The first of our Supervised Family Residences opened its doors in 2003, and it served seven families. By July of 2010, CHI operated eleven locations, providing shelter to seventy-nine families without permanent homes.
In 2005, the Suffolk County Department of Social Services noted a sharp increase in the number of homeless singles. DSS requested CHI’s assistance in this emerging social concern and the agency rapidly responded by opening two Supervised Singles Residences one serving 14 males and one serving 14 females, with 24-hour supervision and professional intervention. In 2007, CHI closed those shelters and proceeded to open a state licensed men’s shelter, serving 31 residents many with various special needs. Today the staff at Riverhouse includes a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been instrumental in helping move our clients to appropriate permanent housing which meets their needs.
Matching the success of its Suffolk County SFRs, CHI brought its Supervised Family Residences model to Nassau County, opening three houses in March 2008 that continue to serve seventeen families. Additionally, Nassau County’s homeless singles population has benefited from CHI’s on-site intensive case management and 24 hour monitoring in a motel setting serving 50 plus individuals.
Today, CHI is the largest emergency housing provider on Long Island, supplying shelter and case management services to 111 families and 80 individuals on any given night.
All referrals of homeless families and singles to our programs must go through the Department of Social Service.