One of Ashby House’s primary goals is to ensure all residents relocate into safe long-term housing. However, this is easier said than done when demand far outweighs local supply and many Ashby House residents are ineligible for traditional housing assistance programs due to past-due housing debts, mental health issues, or criminal histories. To address this need, Ashby House also operates a number of transitional housing units to reduce the likelihood the people served by the agency will become homeless again.
Services for all Transitional Housing Includes:
- Life Skills
- Case Management
- Spiritual Growth
- Educational Opportunities
- Employment Skills
- Love & Guidance
Ashby House operates 11 transitional housing units specifically for families with children. Christ Cathedral Church assisted our agency in acquiring the funding necessary to both secure and renovate ten apartments with the goal in mind that children should not have to suffer academically, physically, or emotionally via constant changes in their living environment. As such, families who reside in one of Ashby House’s transitional housing units can reside at the property until the family gets back on its feet or until the children graduate from high school.
This program specifically targets Salina families who are ineligible for traditional housing assistance programs with preferences given to Ashby House clients. Residents also meet regularly with Ashby House’s Transitional Housing Manager who offers case management and referral services as needed. All clients have access to our educational opportunities, and other programs available at Ashby House. These families pay a monthly program fee and utilities.
HOPE House is an outreach ministry operating through a joint collaboration between Ashby House and First Covenant Church. HOPE House is a residential program serving young women, ages 18 to 28 who are exiting from the foster care system or who are homeless. HOPE House provides structured living in a beautiful home environment. Dedicated, professional staff and volunteers walk with the young women every step of the way. Each young woman will experience opportunities for learning healthy lifestyles and new skills along with fun activities and encouragement.
Legacy House is Ashby House’s third transitional property. This program specializes in services for pregnant and early postpartum women who are homeless and/or struggling with a substance use disorder. The home that is now known as Legacy House stood abandoned for 5 years before Ashby House purchased it in 2008, during which time it was frequently visited by drug abusers and the police. Thousands of volunteer hours aided Ashby House in restoring Legacy House into a beautiful home and a number of services for women expecting. Each room has been adopted by community groups, churches, or civic organizations. Ashby House also owes a debt of gratitude to its prior Agency Administrator, Bryan Anderson, whose vision has made it the beautiful home you see today, as he has spent countless hours of his personal time working on this home.
Sometimes our residents need additional support after they graduate. Ashby House’s Light House property provides transitional housing to women without children who cannot afford other housing options. It was initially opened to counteract the 'Cliff Effect' often faced by Salina residents attempting to get back on their feet again. This occurs when a person only qualifies for employment without benefits and must eventually decide between paying her rent and utilities or buying groceries for the month due to government assistance ending as a direct result of progress towards self-sufficiency made by the woman. Light House residents need only pay a monthly program fee and cover their own groceries in order to take up residency.
Although not originally intended for this purpose, a number of Ashby House treatment program graduates have also sought residency at the Light House and Family Transitional Housing. Residents comment that this transitional housing opportunity allows them to ease into remaining clean and sober outside of a residential facility while still residing on Ashby House’s campus until they are ready to move onto their own apartment.