SAFE HAVEN AT SULLIVAN HOUSE
Sullivan House, Bridges to Independence’s emergency shelter, provides individuals and families with a safe, supportive place to stay.
Emergency shelter is a temporary and last resort option available for those with little to no resources. Participants come to Sullivan House after experiencing a major housing crisis that has resulted in an eviction. Sullivan House is the largest emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Arlington County. The shelter, with ten one- and two-bedroom apartments, can accommodate up to approximately 14 families at a time. The median length of stay in Sullivan House is 3 months.
While residing at Sullivan House, individuals receive intensive assessment, counseling, and referral. Challenges run the gamut: eviction, medical conditions, domestic violence, substance abuse, traumatic brutality in their home countries, school issues, parenting problems, and more.
From the start, staff also begins tackling another area considered crucial for future success – money management. A detailed budget is worked out with each household, and any wages or benefits are carefully allocated. Along with housing stability, Bridges sees financial literacy as a fundamental of self-sufficiency.
Over the last year, Sullivan House sheltered 37 families, totaling 104 individuals.
- 57% were under the age of 18,
- 40% were foreign-born, and
- 80% transitioned into safe, affordable, and permanent housing.