A path to lasting self-sufficiency.
The Brookline Center operates two programs that pair interim housing with personal skill-building.
These programs support people through the transition from homelessness to stability by recognizing that establishing a reliable living situation often requires more than just finding affordable housing. Gaining new skills can help individuals move toward greater self-sufficiency, improved confidence and better quality of life for themselves, and their families.
Transitional Housing Program
for homeless families
Through an extensive partnership between The Brookline Center and the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA), the Transitional Housing Program helps homeless families leave Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) shelters, regain their footing, and move towards stability and independence. Participating families are placed in a unit in a BHA family housing development for up to nine months. They work with Brookline Center staff to develop a self-sufficiency plan and build the skills and resources necessary to achieve their goals. Their Brookline Center case manager can also connect them to complementary services and supports. At the end of nine months (and after meeting their goals), families transition to permanent housing status, with specialized support available for another six months. The Brookline Center’s Care Coordinator reviews referrals and evaluates families for placement.
Transition to Independent Living Program (TILP)
for homeless young men
The Brookline Center’s Transition to Independent Living Program (TILP) provides homeless young men ages 16-22 with a temporary home and life skills coaching for up to 18 months. At the TILP, four young men live together in a Brookline apartment under the full supervision of Center staff. TILP residents are required to attend school or work full-time. With support and guidance, these young men develop the essential skills, experience, and knowledge needed to live successful, independent lives.