Shelter funded for women in recovery
Salvation Army officials are scheduled to receive a $637,366 federal grant today to provide transitional housing for homeless women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
Two large brick bungalow-style houses at the Salvation Army's campus in Manoa will be used to house 30 women and their children, according to a news release from the organization.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is scheduled to present the grant during a ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services, 845 22nd Ave.
"Our experience in drug treatment has demonstrated that longer-term supportive housing is needed to assist these families in reintegrating back into the community," said Linda Rich, executive director of Family Treatment Service.
Women and their children may stay in the transitional housing up to two years, according to the group. They will be selected from existing short-term therapeutic living programs of the Salvation Army and the emergency shelter for the homeless at the Institute of Human Services.
The housing program also will help the women develop skills for self-sufficiency and identify barriers to obtaining permanent housing. Child care and parenting classes will be provided, as well as basic life skills and support to prevent relapse.