Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) has provided Temporary Housing since 2003. This housing program is the first of its kind in Summit and Wasatch Counties and currently consist of 10 apartments reserved for families and individuals in need. To facilitate healing participants are provided with a private place to live and connected with available resources, case management and mentorship.
62 local individuals were housed in their own apartments thanks to our partners with the following results:
99% successfully graduated to financial independence.
99% of the victims of domestic violence participants are now free from their abuser
Also this year 95% of the participants successfully graduate from the temporary housing program and achieved the three highly defined goals of the program:
MCHT’s commitment to these families and individuals is to create a bridge to independence, enhanced life skills and affinity within our community.
The causes of homelessness are very complex and include many factors that are both structural, such as, housing or job related and individually based like divorce, domestic violence or disabling conditions. Homelessness can have devastating consequences for the families and can ultimately result in the breakup of the family and adversely affect children’s development.
Very low income families are often difficult to distinguish from homeless families. The common characteristics of homeless and poor families includes extreme poverty, single mothers, low education level, young, parents and children, less social support, racial and ethnic minorities, high levels of government assistance and high rates of domestic violence. Homeless families tend to stay in emergency shelters longer than unaccompanied homeless individuals. Most reported a situational crisis, divorce, loss of employment, victimization and housing crises as the major factors that lead to homelessness.
Approximately 75% of the temporary housing residents are women and children victims of domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence suddenly become homeless, they move from one place to the other, live in shelters, hotels or with friends. Many victims of domestic violence are not capable of finding housing arrangements during this time, either because the costs of living, post-traumatic stress disorder or lack of employment.
Victims of domestic violence are under extreme financial pressure; many women return to their abuser because they are aware of how little is done to enforce their safety and the safety of their children. Because of this many women become isolated and stigmatized by family and friends losing their support system and facing repeated victimization. This victimization often produces mental illness or substance abuse. The Temporary Housing Program relieves the financial pressure so they achieve success for themselves and their families.
If you would like to make a referral or are interested in learning more about our Transitional Housing Program, please contact us at 435 647.9719 x14