Bridges helps ...
with a hand up, not a hand out. We offer pragmatic solutions to tough problems. The staff and volunteers strive to support consumers in reaching their goals. We know that it is a long "row to hoe", but we believe that if you have the desire, and work hard, you can make your dream and realize a better quality of life. We want families to realize their future. Programs are geared to encourage each member of the family to systemically change their life. A positive outlook, the willingness to make hard decisions, work hard ... nothing is impossible. Whether it's the Rapid RehousingProgram or buying your first home, if you're ready ... so are we, too.
Affordable Permanent housing is the biggest need in the Delaware County area. Bridges also develops and operates low income rentals at below fair market rate. The agency has a First Time Home Buyer's Program for eligible individuals and, when available, Rent-to-own projects. Units are all clean, well maintained, and physically able to meet the needs of the families. The housing provides a safe setting for families while they work at attaining their goals.
Emergency Shelter (The Inn)
Bridges Community Services offers a temporary short-term Family Emergency Shelter for persons displaced because of circumstances affecting their housing rendering them homeless (i.e. furnace failure, frozen pipes, fire etc.). The emergency shelter is open all year. To inquire about emergency shelter assistance before 4:30 p.m. call Bridges Community Services, Inc. main office line at 765-282-3948. After hour shelter requests must be made through the local police or fire department.
Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-Housing Security Deposit Program
Continuum of Care and Emergency Grants offer Rapid re-Housing assists homeless individuals or families to move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability. These programs provide rental security deposits and rents for move in assistance of households at or below the 30% Area Median Income.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) - A program for Veterans that are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless....
Bridges offers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to eligible Veteran families. This program offers assistance obtaining community resources, assistance obtaining VA Benefits, case management and short-term temporary financial assistance for housing. Participants must be a Veteran with a discharge that is not dishonorable, must have income below 50% of the AMI and must be homeless or on the verge of homelessness. SSVF serves Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Howard & Tipton Counties. We thank all Veterans for their service!
The Service HUB
The Service HUB is a joint effort of 37 local agencies, city, and church groups that have banded together in order to end homelessness in our Region. The "HUB" offers in house case management, computer access, showers, laundry, transportation assistance, an other emergency services needed by the homeless and low income individuals and families. We have furniture, utensils, and other necessities needed to get housekeeping started.
The project has been on the planning board for two years and we think this is a chance to bring about change for those in need of any housing assistance. The program offers a coordinated approach to serving the homeless, when funds are available, with housing deposit and rental assistance. We try hard to serve with dignity and respect. If you need assistance , please call. We serve the neediest first.