Housing and Homelessness
The Bethlehem House is a permanent supportive housing program for families with low income and have experienced homelessness. The program provides housing and support for up to 9 formerly homeless families, providing them with apartments and other services including transportation assistance, household supplies and referrals.
- Residents work with case managers for the skills and support they need as they move towards self-sufficiency.
- These two multi-story homes hold nine partially furnished apartments, where families have their own home in a quiet and safe environment.
- Residents pay an affordable rent and they are expected to work.
Partners: Supported by Stratford Community Services and the Stratford Clergy Association.
Funding: Stratford’s Community Development Office provides capital grants.
Maintenance: Skilled volunteers help us improve and maintain these 120 year-old houses.
Donations: In addition to time and money, community members donate blankets, linens, kitchen and other household items.
“I believe in my responsibility to lift those with less opportunity, and ensure they have an equitable chance to succeed.”
– Stephanie Philips, Advisory Council Member
Bethlehem House is supported by an active group of community members.
HOUSING PROGRAM NEWS
After a year of homelessness and life’s formidable challenges, Alissa became a participant in Catholic Charities of Fairfield County’s CCR Housing Program, where she was paired with Ms. Nataya Perry, a dedicated Senior Case Manager. Ms. Perry’s role was pivotal in helping Alissa secure housing and facilitating her connection to vital community resources.
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County’s Housing Program is thrilled to share the incredible progress Mr. F Lesko has made in improving his overall well-being over the past six months.
Dawson Brown, a 64-year-old man, has finally found stability in his life after years of struggling with homelessness and various challenges. In November of 2022, Mr. Brown was enrolled in the CCR Housing Program and was assigned Ms. Nataya Perry as his Housing Case Manager.