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AZAR TRANSITIONAL HOUSE
(Azar - to help, protect & aid)
AZAR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
Kimberly Smith, Executive/Program Director
Azar transitional housing will provide services to women who have recently and successfully completed a mental health or drug and alcohol program, recently released from the jail system without a home address and do not have a record of violent crimes and, victims of violent crimes. These women will meet the definition of homelessness and living without a permanent home address.
The goals of the services offered are to provide security; one of the objectives is to provide people with a safe place to live while they work towards acquiring long-term independent housing. Temporarily or chronically homeless people are far more likely to incur physical harm and other adverse or criminal activities. Azar will promote health; homeless individuals suffer from disease, privation, mental illness or drug addiction, and therefore are in need of medical attention, counseling or rehabilitation. Therefore, educational resources and groups will be offered. While living in a safe haven, residents of transitional housing projects are far more likely to access the aforementioned services they require in order to secure a job and eventually transition into independent or permanent housing. The program will assist the participants in acquiring employment as well. The participants will improve their living skills and social skills through programs that teach them how to manage their households and personal business affairs. Improved social skills will help the participant gain valuable communication skills and help them monitor their emotions as well, which is often lacking due poor self care. The goal is to improve the overall functioning of the participant’s so that they may become productive citizens, living a life of independence and self sufficiency.
The maximum length of stay is up to two years, but any participant can complete the program prior to two years. Those with a disability will have some access, the program is located on the second floor but the program is accessible. The hours of operation are 7 days a week. The program participants are permitted in the building between hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m., at which time the following activities will occur: 1) a meal, 2) scheduled check-ins with case manager, 3) at least one group (daily) will be held; and 4) assigned chores will be completed. During the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Mon – Frd), program participants are expected to be in the community working on their treatment plans and short and long term goals. Permission to remain on the program premises between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. will be granted on a case by case basis by program coordinator. Program participants are subject to a 10:00 p.m. curfew seven  days a week. This curfew will be strictly enforced.
Azar provides the following services
Case Management – Having a case manager service will aid the residents with an opportunity to assess where they are when they enter the transitional housing program and develop a plan to help move them forward to where they want to be when they leave.
Life Skills Classes – Far too many women have not been prepared to manage homes and families to the degree they must in our society. These classes will give the staff an opportunity to teach women skills necessary to carry out any goal plan that is developed.
Social Skills Development – Program participants will develop the ability to consider the feelings of others and to be sensitive to their own moods, intensions and motivations.
Wellness Activities – education about health and fitness, nutrition, weight management, stress management, screening for hypertension, and glucose.
Counseling – Counseling is important in order for residents to have a clear understanding of any mental health barriers that exist. The case manager will provide support and referral services for all residents who have been identified as needing mental health services.
Drug and Alcohol Support Groups – A complete through drug and alcohol screening will be done to determine the need and level of ongoing services. It is important that the residents who need it get support from each other.
Parenting Classes – Often, single mothers are overwhelmed with motherhood. While there is no single best way to raise a child, it will be important for residents to have information that can assist them in knowing how their child(ren) should be developing, what methods of discipline can be effective, and to have a place to ask questions to ease their minds concerning how they are doing with their child rearing practices.
Employment Services – This will connect women with employers and assist them with resume, application, interviewing, and other skills related to being a good employee.
Permanent Housing/Home ownership– Less than 50% of minorities in the United States own their own home. Azar is committed to assisting women with the foundational information and strategy necessary to become established providers for their families.
Please fax referrals to: 412-381-0303.
The “Azar Transitional House” is now open!
The renovations are complete and we are now accepting applications.
Impact: The impact of the Azar House will be to reduce homelessness and improve the overall functioning of the participants, inclusive of self-sufficiency, employment and stability.
For more information: Call 412-381-0300