NATIONAL SURVEY OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES – NEW HAMPSHIRE
Serving Homeless and At-risk Families in Manchester
In the City of Manchester, homeless families receive shelter and supportive services from Families in Transition (FIT) and at-risk families obtain assistance through The Way Home. FIT, a non-profit organization, provides homeless families and individuals with emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. FIT offers individualized wraparound supportive services for all family members, including intensive case management, individual and group therapy, and educational workshops. Nearly 90% of FIT graduates successfully move into permanent housing. In September 2009, FIT received a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that was matched by local funding partners to establish The Family Place. The new program serves homeless families facing multiple stressors, including past trauma, substance abuse disorders, or mental illness, to prevent long-term family disruption and separation.