Whether through previous emergency shelter programs or the current Housing First program model, at the Hildebrand we are committed to working in collaboration with families, building on strengths rather than weaknesses; and identifying ways for our families not only to survive, but also to thrive.
Our program is designed to help families experiencing homelessness gain more self-sufficiency on their journey. As one of the largest family shelter providers in Massachusetts, in addition to shelter, we offer case management, workshops and trainings, supplemental resources, seasonal support, and more to 126 families in shelter.
The goal of Stabilization Services is to ensure once families leave shelter they have the support network and tools necessary to maintain self-sufficiency. Stabilization services supports families in identifying community resources, building and maintaining good tenant/landlord relationships, and identifying and eliminating obstacles for continued success.
Hildebrand owns and operates a portfolio of 11 units of permanent affordable housing. As a tenant of Hildebrand permanent housing, families have access to supports, services, and resources designed to assist clients in being good neighbors, building positive landlord-tenant relationships, and remaining self-sufficient.
Before coming to Hildebrand, Arianne was living in the Days Inn Hotel in Methuen with four of her children. She made the choice to transfer to Hildebrand because she knew the environment was not good for her children. On her advice to new families entering Hildebrand, she said, “Appreciate it, follow the rules, let the social workers guide you, follow directions to get where you want to. It’s easy – at first I was lost – Hildebrand made such a huge impact.”
"My experience with EA shelter was less than memorable prior to being placed here at Hildebrand. Since I've been working with Marc I see a tremendous difference in how people who care about their clients, and their willingness to help make such a meaningful difference in the quality of life. Not only here in shelter, but well into the future. Everyone's outgoing positive attitude is contagious and motivates me to do the best I can to help myself and others around me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been placed here. I really just wanted to thank the people who have helped me in such a short period of time. It has been a long journey." Check out Lana's full story here!.
At first, she says, “I was scared because I had been through this process once before…the kids were very aggravated and stressed from all the instability.” But with the help of Cristiano, she said, “I learned how to deal with different situations, and I can present myself in a respectful manner. I can deal with life on my own terms.” While at Hildebrand, Robyn enrolled in Hi-SET (GED) classes, completed Cambridge Savings Bank budgeting workshops and “learned to advocate for myself.” Robyn and her two children successfully transitioned out of shelter and moved into permanent, affordable housing in January!
Families will have the opportunity to work with different Case Managers on a weekly basis to get assistance completing housing applications, performing housing searches, receive coaching and an introduction to HomeBASE and the HAND Up Fund, identify barriers to housing and gain direction towards resolving them, and touch on other housing related topics. Those who attend will also be able to exchange ideas and information with other families receiving services from Hildebrand. For more information on the Housing Clinics, please contact your case manager at 617-491-5752. *Limited to Hildebrand Families only*
Boston Housing Authority's LTWH Housing Search Training - TBD
Join us as members from Boston Housing Authority facilitates a training on their new digital housing search tool specifically for families with Leading the Way Home (LTWH) vouchers. This new housing search tool aims to help voucher families navigate the many neighborhoods in Boston and Greater Boston available, providing information on commute times, schools, public safety, day care, and hospitals – all in one place. The tool provides customized recommendations for families based on specific transit needs and neighborhood preferences, all in an intuitive, easy to use digital interface. It also will help families navigate the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) system where payment standards are set by zip-code. *Specific to Hildebrand families with LTWH vouchers*. Contact your case manager to register.
Pest Education Workshop - TBD
John from B&B Pest Control will be facilitating a Pest Education Workshop for staff and families where they will gain some prevention and identification insight, including: Bed Bugs 101: What are bed bugs? How do you get them? What can you do to prevent them? What should you do if you have them? Rodents: signs of activity, what to do to prevent them, and treatment options. Helpful tips to avoid cockroaches. *Workshop is limited to Hildebrand staff and families in shelter, stabilization, and permanent housing. Spanish translation will be provided. Please reach out to your case manager to register.
Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. partners with families experiencing homelessness. We provide shelter, permanent housing, work readiness programs, and life skill development. We restore hope and build brighter futures.