BCH

Bennington Coalition for the Homeless

"Dedicated to Collaborating, Coordinating, and Implementing Services to the Homeless in Bennington County and Promoting Community Awareness"

           

           Thatcher House             McCall St.

Thatcher House - In November of 2007, the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless began operating our long-term transitional program, The Thatcher House. This historic downtown building currently houses the Executive Director’s office and agency office space as well as 8 efficiency apartments designed for transitional housing to homeless singles and couples. In addition to affordable rents, residents also receive case management, life skills education, employment readiness skills and various personal enrichment activities. The Coalition is working with the Vermont Department of Corrections by reserving some units for those who remain incarcerated due to lack of housing. The Coalition serves this population by case management and other services to help them become successful members of our community.

McCall Street Transitional Apartments - Purchased in 2003 and renovated in 2004, the McCall Street Transitional Apartment building is a four unit, downtown Bennington complex designed for families who complete the Six Bank Street program and continue to need the various services that the Coalition provides. This long-term transitional project is supported by a variety of private and state grants as well as low tenant rents. While residing in a McCall Street apartment, residents work with skilled case managers on their goal toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Program participants are able to stay in these apartments for up to two years.

 The Good Shepherd Warming Shelter - The Good Shepherd Warming Shelter is an emergency overflow shelter operating from November 1 until April 1 to help stop "street homelessness" and bring people in out of the cold.