At Jacob’s Well’s Transitional Housing Program is a scattered site program. Residents live in one of seven ordinary row houses located in the Charles Village and Remington neighborhoods of Baltimore City. At Jacob’s Well has three houses for women, housing eleven individuals, and four houses for men, housing eleven persons. One of our men’s houses is designed for people with physical as well as mental disabilities.
Each resident has his or her own bedroom and shares the kitchen, bathrooms and common living areas with two or three other persons. Every resident has a front door key and is free to come and go as he or she pleases. Each resident is expected to purchase and prepare his or her own food, and must assist fellow residents with the cleaning and upkeep of the house in which they live. Residents may also be required to attend periodic house meetings.
Residents sign an individualized covenant agreement upon entering the program which identifies the resident’s rights and responsibilities and the rules to which he or she must adhere. Residents are not supervised during the evenings and on weekends. However, staff is always on call for emergencies.
At Jacob’s Well’s Transitional Housing Program does not provide psychiatric services. Rather we link our residents to services available in the community. At Jacob’s Well’s Transitional Housing Program provides comprehensive case management for each resident. This begins with an assessment of resident needs and goals. An individualized service plan is developed for each resident. At Jacob’s Well case managers advocate for our residents with health service providers and government agencies. If needed, independent living skills are taught. Staff will also assist with money management, including representative payee services, referrals to psychiatric day programs, job training and literacy programs as needed.
Referrals to permanent housing are made when the time is right for each resident. While it is our goal that residents should be ready to move on in less that two years, a strict two year limit is not enforced.