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
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County's Bridgeport Housing Department hosted the first annual landlord appreciation luncheon. This spectacular event recognized landlords that continue to partner with us on our mission of ending homelessness. If you would like to...
F. Lesko has been a Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry (CCR) client for 3 years, and recently just turned 55. Due to various medical issues, F. Lesko is unable to work and has applied for Social Security benefits. It has been extremely difficult for F. Lesko to get...
Bethlehem House has once again opened its doors and welcomed new families, after recently renovating one of its houses that help homeless families get a new start.
A community ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the new beginning not only for the refurbished house at 389 Jackson Avenue but for the many families who will be given an opportunity to begin a better life.