2nd and 3rd Floor of 2140 Dwight Way
Transitional housing provided at the North County Women’s Center includes the Independent House and the Transitional House programs. Participants in these programs also have access to the healthcare services available at the North County Women’s Center. (click names to jump to program descriptions)
Independent House (IH)
Independent House (IH) is located on the second floor of the North County Women’s Center. IH serves women who demonstrate a relatively high degree of independence, but who need time to further stabilize and prepare for the transition to permanent housing.Women in IH have access to a shared kitchen, laundry and shared bathrooms. All IH residents receive housing assistance and case management. As residents become housing ready, they are assisted with attaining furniture and other household items.To encourage a high rate of housing retention, women who graduate from the program into permanent or long-term transitional housing receive follow-up case management for six months after leaving the program.
Services: Independent House is a 10-room, six-month communal transitional housing program for women who are able to live independently and are motivated to take the necessary steps to move from homelessness into permanent housing.
Eligibility: Women must be homeless with an income, and willing to designate 30% of income for rent and 25% for savings. Women must be clean and sober, and willing to do chores and follow a case management plan. Women can have up to 3 children stay with them.
|Graduates from the Transitional House program receive their certificates.|
Transitional House (TH)
Services: Transitional House (TH): located on the third floor of the North County Women’s Center, is a fourteen-bed, 24-month communal living, transitional housing & living skills program for women with psychiatric disabilities, leading to permanent supportive housing placement.
Eligibility: Women must be homeless, clean and sober for a minimum of 90 days, have a stable income, 18 years or older, and possess one or more serious mental health issues. The client must be willing to do chores, cook, attend community evening meals and follow a case management plan.
Overview: Transitional House was created in 1992 as a two year housing program to help homeless women with severe psychiatric disabilities (and/or dual diagnosis) to develop necessary living skills so they can live independently. While staying in the house, residents participate in community living and meet regularly with a case manager to develop an individualized treatment plan to work through the living skills program. Community activities include dinner, weekly house meetings, chores and outings. TH also provides family reunification assistance to residents who have experienced separation from their children. Living skill activities include time management (i.e. regular doctor appointments, recovery programs, school attendance, group meetings, job and volunteer commitments), budgeting, comparison shopping and setting personal goals and objectives, and participating in local volunteer or job programs. Staff monitors medication compliance of all residents and provides travel training to those requiring assistance. After completing the living skills objectives, a process of up to 2 years, which includes planning for and finding a new home, each woman moves into affordable, stable housing. All clients are welcomed and encouraged to participate in TH graduate dinners and holiday gatherings.
Health Care Services:
There are a variety of health care services available on-site at BFHP’s Dwight Way facility, available to our clients in Women’s Overnight Shelter, Women’s Resource Center, and Transitional Services, as well as to any other homeless women in the community.
LifeLong Medical Care hosts a drop-in clinic for adult women at Dwight Way on Mondays from 9am-1pm. Dr. Sue Ferguson provides physical exams, blood pressure screenings, weight screenings, vaccinations, breast exams, referrals for mammograms and pelvic exams, screening and management of chronic conditions like diabetes and HIV/AIDS, treatment of eye and ear infections, and basic dermatology services.
The Suitcase Clinic, a UC-Berkeley student organization, comes to the Women’s Shelter every Monday from 7:30-9pm. They provide medical consultations, chiropractic services, massage, foot washing, nail painting, arts and crafts for children, blood pressure screenings, legal advice, and referrals.
Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Mobile Van visits Dwight Way, usually on the second Tuesday of the month, from 11am-3:30pm. This mobile clinic provides primary medical care, limited dental care, eye care, TB testing, support services, and alcohol and drug services.
Berkeley DPH Healthy Living Workshop
The City of Berkeley Department of Public Health has also recently launched a monthly “Healthy Living” workshop for our clients in Transitional Housing. This workshop focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle; from managing hypertension to reading food labels and learning how cook a healthy meal. The community health educators from Berkeley Public Health focus on providing our clients with lessons and skills to take with them when they move into permanent housing.