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Transitional Housing Programs

Transitional housing programs usually provide case management with rental help or housing. Sometimes these programs are just for people working on an issue (such as addiction).

There’s a lot of competition for transitional housing programs. This means they select people who are a good fit and most likely to succeed in their program. You need to be willing to meet with case managers, follow a program’s rules, and work toward your goals. For example, depending upon your situation, your goal may be to get a job and keep it. Other goals may be to get training or go through treatment.

The programs are not all alike. Some are faith-based, some focus on overcoming addiction, some last for months, some are shorter, and some are just to help you get stabilized.

There are a couple of ways to get signed up for these programs. One is to call and ask for an interview. Another way is through a referral from a case manager. If you’re living in an emergency shelter, ask about meeting with a case manager for an intake interview. Sometimes day shelters are the best place to connect with a case manager.

Our list tells about many transitional housing programs. Some programs don’t accept certain convictions. Click below to see the locations of transitional housing programs. Be sure to read the program descriptions to see if you’re a good fit.

If you’re in a halfway house and trying to find a residence to parole to, you may not be approved to use one of the transitional housing programs in this section. This is mainly because many of these programs are temporary and have a zero tolerance policy. Transitioning from a community corrections program should be to an address that is long-term and more than three months with a private lease option. In other words, shelters, motels, and program-based housing won’t be okay.

Several organizations in the Denver metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson) work together on a housing program that helps the most needy find housing.

They use an interview tool called the VI-SPDAT, which is a set of questions about your history of homelessness, health, and experiences. (VI-SPDAT stands for Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool.) Your score is used to match you to housing help. People who have the greatest need, as determined by this interview, will get the most help. If you’re told your score is fairly low, you will not be recommended for this type of housing help even if you are homeless and in need.
Be persistent and don’t sit back and wait after your VI-SPDAT interview to keep looking for a place to live.

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