The St. Francis House is an ecumenical transitional housing program for the homeless offering hospitality, fellowship and support to those in need. Our program provides our guests shelter, food, case management, and support. We offer special services for reaching long-term goals including employment, independent housing, addiction recovery, and money management.
In its 32 years of operation, the St. Francis House has operated on a "hand up" rather than "hand out" approach for thousands of individuals and families. As the demand for housing has increased, the St. Francis House has outgrown its current space.
The Homelessness to Hope Campaign will expand our ability to move people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The main shelter of the St. Francis House was formerly a convent, built in 1956 for 12 Presentation Sisters who taught at Little Flower. Today, the main shelter houses 52 single guests. A new facility will provide space for 120 guests.
A new 2-story facility will provide 60 double-occupancy rooms for singles, with 30 rooms in the men’s wing and 30 rooms in the women’s wing. Offices, conference rooms for additional programming services, kitchen and dining hall will be located between the wings.
The new facility is designed around not just housing, but programming, with space for case workers and consultations. Finally, modern construction will be more cost-effective per square foot to heat and maintain, and we will bring our facility in line with modern safety codes.
What Makes St. Francis House Different?
⦁ We are are transitional living facility, with guests staying a minimum of 60 days up to a year, as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
⦁ We have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol and gambling.
⦁ All our guests are required to obtain and maintain employment. Over 72 employers hire our guests on a regular basis.
⦁ Guests are required to may payments on debt such as child support, past due utility bills, restitution, etc.
⦁ Because they pay a modest fee to stay at the house, guests learn to budget their monies.
⦁ When guests are ready to leave the house, they have a savings to pay their first month rent and/or deposit.