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Programs & Services

Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program

Bridge Communities provides a holistic program of services that provide the necessary elements to create permanent change in the lives of homeless families in DuPage County. 

The strength of the Bridge Communities Program is in the positive relationship that develops between the client families and their volunteer mentors.

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Are you eligible to become a Bridge Communities client?

All Bridge Communities applicants must meet ALL the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the program:

Housing Eligibility Criteria
• Be homeless or at-risk
• Have a connection to DuPage County 
• Be an adult(s) over the age of 21 with one or more child(ren) under the age of 18
• Have a valid driver’s license by time of program entry
• Pass criminal background check
• Have some form of income that is reported to the IRS by time of program entry



Program Suitability Criteria
• Demontrate an ability, desire and commitment to work full-time on a
consistent basis
• Have no active substance abuse issues
• Maintain stabilization of symptoms of any mental illness(es)
• Demonstrate the ability and desire to work openly and cooperatively with volunteers and staff
• Exhibit motivation to improve

* If you do not meet all of the above criteria, please call the DuPage County Department of Community Services Information and Referral at 630-407-6500 for additional resources.

Bridge housing eligibility criteria and accompanying documents will be evaluated within the first five days of each month to account for the changing needs of the community and of the program.  This may include rent/mortgage status, geographical location, and driving history.  Please contact our Intake Department for the most up-to-date information. 

To apply for the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program

Please call (630) 545-0610 ext. 20 or email intake@bridgecommunities.org 



Application Process
To be considered for Bridge’s Transitional Housing Program, a homeless parent must complete:

• Telephone application
• Several in-person interviews/assessments with staff
• Telephone assessments
• In-person interview with sponsoring faith/community group, who will make the final decision of acceptance

In Bridge Communities, clients agree to:
• Drug testing
• Criminal background check
• Being open about finances
• Weekly meetings with mentors
• Goal setting and striving
• Individual or family counseling
• Quarterly group meetings
• Cooperation with children’s services staff on issues involving children
• Cooperation with employment services staff



     


The following are some key elements of the Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program:

Housing: Client families reside in Bridge Communities owned apartment buildings that are spread throughout DuPage County.  They are located in the communities of: Glen Ellyn, Addison, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Naperville, Westmont and Woodridge.  The apartments are primarily two bedroom units, although there are a few three bedroom units in inventory.  Families are in the Transitional Housing Program for an average of two years.

Mentoring: Volunteer mentors from Program Partners sponsor and assist the client families as they work to develop the life-skills necessary for self-sufficiency.  Mentors help families with: budget development and savings plan, debt reduction, financial literacy, self-esteem, emotional support, parental skills and healthy decision making.

Case Management: Bridge Communities' professional case managers are available to assist mentors and client families in accessing resources that are important for families to achieve their individual goals.  Case managers lead client families and volunteer mentors through the development of short-term and long-term Program goals that the case managers closely monitor.

Employment Counseling: Bridge Communities' employment director assists client families in securing and maintaining employment that will sustain their economic self sufficiency upon graduation from the Transitional Housing Program.  Job readiness training, resume writing, and mock interviewing are some of the counseling services offered.  The employment director also helps clients families gain acceptance into local universities, colleges and training centers.  Once meaningful employment is secured, client families and the employment director focus on job retention and further employment training to continue to increase income.

Tutoring: Since homelessness disrupts the continuity of school attendance, Bridge Communities provides professional certified teachers to tutor all school age children to help them achieve academic success.  Tutors are hired to work with children one to two times per week throughout the school year.  Bridge Communities is especially interested in helping homeless children succeed so as to break the generational cycle of poverty.  Academic scholarships are available to college-bound students who maintain above average grade point averages and attend accredited colleges or universities.

Counseling Resources: At times, client families need additional resources to help cope with life stressors or ongoing emotional issues.  To help, Bridge partners with community-based psychological services for short or long term counseling.  These services are available for both parents and children.

Car Donations: Homeless families often come into our Transitional Housing Program in need of reliable transportation to help them get to their jobs and take their children to child care or school.  Bridge Communities solicits auto donations from persons in our communities; all cars are checked for safety before being given to client families.