1022 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107

West Hartford

Housing Plus Services

The Bridge Family Center
This is a multi-service agency with several housing programs for youth, including: five Short-term Assessment and Respite (STAR) homes; Moving On project transitional housing; one therapeutic group home for girls; a (new) federally funded Transitional Living Program, and a Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP). Additionally, The Bridge's Independent Living Program offers Community Based Life Skills (CBLS) instruction to DCF youth ages 16 and up. 
STAR Homes are state-funded and serve youth ages 11-18. Based on a DCF model, STAR provides clinical and assessment services in small, structured home-like settings. The Bridge operates STAR homes in West Hartford, Southington, Manchester, Wolcott, and Harwinton. All of these homes serve girls with the exception of Hastings House in Wolcott, a shelter for boys. 

The Moving On Project is a transitional living apartment program in Manchester that assists young men ages 16 to 21 in developing the skills necessary to live independently.

Eleanor House is a community-based therapeutic group home for girls ages 13-18. 

The Transitional Living Program, federally funded by FYSB, will provide transitional housing through six scattered apartments in Hartford to youth ages 16-21 and their children. Each apartment will accommodate no more than two participants and their children (for a maximum of two youth and two children per apartment). FYSB-funded TLP programs also address life skills, education and employment, social-emotional wellbeing and health using a trauma-informed, positive youth development framework. 

CHAP is a supervised scattered site apartment program for DCF youth over age 17 that provides support and guidance on the final step to independent, responsible adulthood. Skill development begun in CBLS is put into practice and youth begin to put down roots in a community. Full-time education, part-time work, and regular savings are integral to the program.

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