WayFinders Residential Resource Center
170 Orange Street
Springfield, MA - 01108
This is a shelter for families with minor children located in Springfield, MA.
WayFinders Programs and Services:
Growing Assistance for Homeless Families
Unfortunately, in these tough economic times, the number of local homeless families continues to climb. At WayFinders, we understand that many families live on the brink of homelessness every day, and that to avoid permanent or recurring homelessness, they need more than just a place to sleep. That is why WayFinders offers specialized and comprehensive assistance for families, including paths to permanent housing, programs for young pregnant or parenting women, and support services for survivors of domestic violence.
For information on programs that can help families avoid becoming homeless, including the program known as RAFT, click here.
In 2011 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts implemented a new approach to assisting families at risk of becoming homeless. HomeBASE offers an alternative to shelter and provides time-limited assistance designed to provide a housing solution for families who are at serious risk of homelessness rather than going into a shelter or motel. WayFinders is the primary HomeBASE provider in Hampden and Hampshire Counties and has contracts with the state to provide prevention, temporary accommodations, re-housing and stabilization services. For more information on eligibility, click here.
Rapid Re-Housing Program: WayFinders leases 46 scattered site apartments that are used as temporary housing for homeless families. In line with state policy, WayFinders's approach emphasizes permanent housing and support instead of shelter. WayFinders's rapid re-housing initiatives move families from shelter units and motels into affordable permanent housing as soon as possible, and then provides 18 months of follow-up support.
Prospect House Shelter for Families: After serving as a congregate shelter for homeless families for more than 25 years, Prospect House in Springfield is now part of WayFinders's Rapid Re-Housing Program.