In November, 2012, the Siena/Francis House entered the next phase of our campus development efforts to better serve our community’s homeless men, women and children who show up in need of housing and assistance. This phase included the construction of two Permanent Supportive Housing facilities and a Community Services Facility.
The permanent supportive housing consists of two facilities, each with 24 efficiency apartment units (48 total units). Each apartment houses a homeless man or woman who has a disabling condition. The apartment facilities – constructed along 18th Street, directly west of our existing facilities – complement our family and single-men’s shelters, as well as the transitional housing we currently provide. The disabled, homeless persons who live in these efficiency apartment units also have the ability to utilize the services provided in our Community Services Facility. And, each person who lives in one of these apartments pays $250 rent, which includes utilities.
The Community Services Facility is located immediately north of the apartments. This facility contains a reception area, offices for our employees and for employees of our partnering agencies, classrooms, meeting rooms and nursing stations. Our case managers work closely with – and provide services to – the disabled, homeless persons who stay in the apartments, as well as to all of the homeless who come to us in need of services. The Community Services Facility is a "one-stop service center" that helps the homeless to obtain employment, off-campus housing, healthcare, education, social services, veterans-specific services and other government assistance, and mental health services.