Fact: “It costs substantially less money to house someone in stable, supportive housing than it does to keep that person homeless and stuck in the "revolving door of high-cost crisis care and emergency housing."
The Problem: Housing
Currently in our community there are few affordable housing options available for those who are ready to move on and away from a life of homelessness. The lack of affordable housing is not a problem that is unique to Fairfield County, but one that is amplified by the county's disproportionately higher housing costs.
Further, even where housing options exist, for many struggling with challenges like addiction or mental illness, successful transitions into permanent housing arrangements are impossible without access to reliable support services.
The Solution: Housing
It has been demonstrated through extensive research that providing homeless individuals with affordable permanent homes – with some residents linked with supportive services - costs no more (and most frequently as much as 50% less) than the emergency shelter-based model of care that exists today - while steadily reducing the total number of homeless individuals!
Based on this understanding Pacific House has advanced its vision from being a provider of emergency shelter services to being an active community leader in the development of affordable supported housing.
Making it Happen:
We have been leading the way in creating desperately needed affordable housing — forging partnerships among community organizations: community housing developers (Mutual Housing Association), social service providers (Inspirica, Laurel House), treatment providers (Optimus Healthcare, F.S. Dubois Mental Health Center) and government agencies (Stamford Community Development, CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services) to leverage the housing market in Fairfield County and identify depressed but affordable properties that can be converted into housing for the homeless.
Ending homelessness one house at a time...
Open and operating today:
- The Patricia C. Phillips House (pictured above right) houses 8 formerly homeless people. This house first opened its doors in 1997.
- Beacon I was founded in 2005 and is home to 5 people.
- Beacon II* has been converted into three apartments, one with wheelchair access, and accommodates 7 individuals.
- Parkview South in Norwalk has undergone renovations for single room occupancy 24 rooms are currently occupied.
- Gateway House will be home to 16 residents in units that range from one-bedroom unit to three-bedroom / wheelchair accessible units to four-bedroom townhouse style apartments.
Gateway before (inset) and rendering of after
Planned for end of 2017:
- Parkview North in Norwalk in developmental stages.
- Lighthouse I in Stamford will be two homes converted to units to house 15 residents.
Projected by 2017:
95 individuals will be housed in deeply-affordable supported housing created and operated by Pacific House
Housing is not just a compassionate endeavor; financially it makes the most sense for the community to provide homes for those in need.
*Beacon II was made possible by our partners to whom we are grateful for their assistance:
City of Stamford, Mayor David Martin
City of Stamford Office of Community Development
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
State of Connecticut Department of Housing
State of CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Federal Home Loan Bank
First County Bank
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Northeast Utilities, Inc.
First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich
Historic Neighborhood Preservation (Renee Kahn)
Bingham McCutchen LLP