Adopt a House

Vincent Village provides critical infrastructure for families emerging from homelessness through housing. Vincent Village has developed a long-term housing bridge for families emerging from homelessness to independence. Research shows that "Rapid rehousing helps people move from emergency/transitional shelter or on the street into stable housing as fast as possible. It also connects people with supportive, community-based resources that help them maintain housing (Housing and Shelter, n.d.) From the Vincent House Shelter, families are transitioned to a subsidized long-term housing solution at Village Rental Homes. Families have access to a rental home of their own, with rent starting at $150 a month for the first year. Each year rent gradually increases as the family gains ground on independence.

Housing and shelter programs can help address the root causes of homelessness through a range of essential recovery support services, including mental and substance use disorder treatment, employment, and mainstream benefits.

"Research identifies the lack of affordable housing as the primary driver of homelessness among families (Quigley and Raphael 2000). This housing issue stems from an inadequate supply of affordable housing and family incomes far below the cost of available housing. Nationwide, that affordable housing shortage is significant: for every 100 extremely low-income renter households in the country, there are only 29 affordable and available rental units (Cunningham, n.d.)."

Vincent Village provided shelter and housing to 108 individuals in FY 2020-2021 and 133 individuals in FY 2019-2020. The majority of the population is Black or African American (57.04%) or identify as multi-racial (9.265%), with 67.59% of the total individuals served between 0-17. The population is 62% female.

Families that graduate from the Vincent House shelter and other local shelters receive supportive services and privately subsidized rent at one of 33 homes in Southeast Fort Wayne that make up Vincent Village. The housing program provides wrap-around services that empower families toward independence over five years. A combination of case management and connection to resources along with a stable housing experience provides a foundation to launch a fresh start.

A Place at Our Table Event Sponsorship | Adopt a House

In 2021, we are focused on the overall need to support the housing maintenance costs as well as the operational and case management services provided to families once they are housed in Village Rental Homes.

In both in 2017 and 2021, Vincent Village completed a "physical needs assessment" on the shelter and 28 of the rental homes and two duplexes to determine the state of the properties. The property portfolio for Vincent Village comprises older homes, which were built between 1915 and 1924. These "physical needs assessments" provided the information needed to develop a list of priorities to bring this essential housing up to date.

The Village Rental homes are an essential part of creating stability for families, resulting in better access to healthcare, nutrition, a stable school environment, employment, and transportation. In addition, the health and safety benefits of this kind of housing during the last 18 months have been priceless.

This year we are inviting sponsors to be a part of adopting a house. The cost of “Adopting a house” have been determined by size of the house and any special amenities that require additional upkeep. Vincent Village is fortunate to have 31 single-family homes and 2 duplexes surrounding the Vincent House shelter, primarily in the 46806-zip code. Most of the homes are approximately 100 years old, built between 1915 and 1924. The majority of the homes are and come with high repair and maintenance needs.

The annual costs to maintain the Village Rental homes runs between $6000 and $12,000 per year for homes with 2 to 5 bedrooms. This year for “A Place at Our Table”, we invite you to Adopt a House for a month or for year. This sponsorship will ensure the stability and safety of Vincent Village rental homes for30 plus famlies.

The maintenance and repair of these properties are crucial to sustaining the health, safety, and long-term path to independence for homeless families.