Matt's House assists clients and families in finding secure housing, and to move that client or family toward long-term stability through providing referrals and offering supportive services. While at Matt's House, clients are expected to meet regularly with a case manager to determine a plan of action. The case management staff at Matt's House monitors and evaluates the progress of our program participants and provides information and referrals to other providers, including Stewpot's Rapid Rehousing Program, job readiness classes, and employment programs and opportunities. In addition, the staff helps guests to secure necessary documents such as I.D.s, and birth certificates. Through its extensive network of partners, Matt's House also provides life skills classes (budgeting, parenting, self-esteem, coping skills, encouragement), HIV/AIDS workshops, domestic violence awareness, hygiene classes (dental and personal) and special activities (makeovers, field trips, holiday parties, arts and crafts sessions, for example).
While at Matt's House, clients are provided meals, bedding, hygiene products, transportation, and childcare and school supplies (if necessary). Since Matt's House is a division of Stewpot, the women at Matt's House have access to other services offered by Stewpot, namely the Opportunity Center, Clothing Closet, After-School and Summer Camp Programs, and primary medical care through St. Dominic Community Health Services.
Matt's House is an 18-bed facility. When necessary due to weather, Matt's House can add up to 10 overflow beds and cots. According to HMIS data, between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, we assisted a total of 122 women and children. In order to be of the greatest help to our city and to our clients, Matt's House is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.