Marijke's Place

Safe Transitional Housing Program for survivors of domestic violence and their children 

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Marijke’s Place (MP) Transitional Housing Program is an up to 2 year program designed to provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence and their children to live and heal while they work/find work, to gain independent living skills, with the support of Marijke’s Place staff and other community services/programs.

Applicants to this program should be: 

  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless related to a history of domestic violence 
  • Single women or a mother with 1- 2 children present (under age 13 boys and teen girls on a case by case basis) 
  • Able to pass a criminal background check, (the standards set by the housing authority) 
  • Must abstain from alcohol/drugs 
  • Mentally prepared, determined, and motivated to become self-sufficient (willing to prepare or job readiness skills) 
  • Since transportation is limited in this area to certain hours Monday-Friday, this would be better suited for someone with a vehicle or regular transportation 

 

The following guidelines will give you a better idea of what to expect if your application is accepted and you decide to participate in Marijke’s Place Transitional Housing Program.

Transitional housing residents are expected to maintain close contact with Marijke’s Place advocates, and to use Marijke’s Place services regularly. 

Guidelines 

  • All residents are expected to contribute no less than $150/Mo. at 30% of monthly income and a maximum of $500/Mo. These fees begin effective first of the month following one month of waived fees . If moved in October, the first payment would be December 1st 
  • MP does not own the housing, and residents will be responsible for any damage caused in their private space or any of their children/guests. Any problems with appliances or structural issues or concerns should be directed to the Care Manager or Executive Director 
  • The house and yard is shared with 3 other mothers with children. Residents are expected to work together to keep the house and yard clean and safe. 
  • Residents are expected to keep their living space clean, safe, and in good condition. 
  •  Safety is always a top priority. Residents are expected to develop safety plans with their families, and to protect any children in the home by keeping the residence in safe condition.
  • Residents who smoke must do so outside. If there are complaints about smoke coming in, resident must move away from the house more than 100 feet 
  • The location of the transitional housing is kept as confidential as possible. Residents are expected to protect themselves, their families, their neighbors, and future transitional housing residents by using discretion when disclosing the address. 
  • MP recommends that each resident set up an address through the address confidentiality program (we will help with this). 
  • The abusers from whom residents are fleeing are not allowed on the property, and should not be informed of the location of the transitional housing. Abusers who come onto the property will be considered trespassers and will be subject to arrest. Residents whose abusers discover their location may be asked to leave the housing for their safety.
  • Residents who plan to leave housing for more than two consecutive nights should notify MP staff in advance. 
  • No overnight guests are allowed without prior permission from MP. 
  • Verbal, physical, and emotional abuse are behaviors that MP is working to eradicate. Residents are expected to refrain from these behaviors while they are participating in the transitional housing program. 
  • No weapons, alcohol/drugs are allowed in the housing at any time. All prescribed and over-the-counter medication must be secured in a locked cabinet or safe at all times 
  • Failure to abide by the rules of the program or to comply with the terms of the lease may result in eviction. 

These services include: 

  • Individual counseling 
  • Support groups 
  • Supportive services 
  • Safety planning 
  • Permanent housing searches 
  • Career evaluation/counseling 
  • Life skills 
  • Wrap-around case management services 
  • Connection with medical care 
  • Food assistance 
  • Clothing and child related closet Closet 
  • Legal resources 
  • Financial planning 
  • Social support 
  • After care to promote continued self sufficiency 
  • Many other resident specific services provided based on individual needs 

Text us at 240-317-7990 email us talia@openingnewdoors.org

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