Housing and Homelessness
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you, or someone you know, is at risk of having to leave their home and having nowhere to stay, please dial 2-1-1 and press Option 3 to speak with a 2-1-1 Housing Crisis Specialist. The line is open daily 24 hours a day.
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.
To volunteer or donate items, contact Griscencia Dominguez, Office Manager.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (203) 399-8962
In order to obtain a unit in Bethlehem House, please first call 2-1-1 to be referred to our program.
Bethlehem House is supported by an active group of community members.
“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
Advisory Council Members
F. Paul Kurmay – Chairman
The Reverend Canon Patricia M. (Pat) Coller
Deacon Bill Koniers
Mary L. Semedo
HOUSING PROGRAM NEWS
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Merton Homes proudly welcomed Marisol Ruiz-Shanley as the new case manager in December 2022, and her impactful work has resonated positively with clients and the community since then. This article is a heartfelt recap of the remarkable successes and accomplishments achieved by Merton Homes residents throughout 2023.
Note: If you are experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, please call 2-1-1. All referrals to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County's Housing Programs are made through 2-1-1. At Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, our housing department is at the forefront...