Fair Tide’s transitional housing program provides homeless individuals and families with safe, affordable housing combined with support services for a maximum of 2 years with support emphasis on health and financial stability sufficient to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
Fair Tide offers the following comprehensive support services to program participants.
- Private Apartments
- Case Management designed to support resident efforts to gain and maintain stable and adequate income and to improve safety and management skills.
- Monthly Resident Association Meetings facilitated by staff to foster a sense of community and peer support.
- Community Collaborations to provide life enrichment programming, including workshops on safety, budgeting, and nutrition.
- Transportation to community resources as needed.
Fair Tide serves 12-15 individuals (adults and children) at any one time. Referrals come from emergency shelters around southern York County, ME and southern Rockingham County, NH.
Participants are low-income, at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level ($20,090 for a family of three). Participants may be single individuals or single parent-households headed by a female or male. Most participants are survivors of domestic violence (DV). In addition to DV trauma, many adult participants have a disabling condition stemming from substance abuse, and/or physical or mental illness, all contributors to the household’s homeless status. Most adult participants have a high school diploma or a GED. The minority have completed a certificate program or have credits toward a college degree and domestic violence, illness, and/or family break-up have contributed to an interruption in higher education goals. Most adults are under-employed.
Fair Tide provides 2-year transitional housing with support services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, keeping people safe while they work to be self-sufficient. The Fair Tide program consists of comprehensive, targeted support services, referrals to community agencies, and advocacy with a focus on health and financial fitness in order to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
In 2005, Fair Tide opened a thrift store to raise revenue for program funding. The Fair Tide thrift store generated 48% of total income in fiscal year 2014.
The Fair Tide thrift store is a resource to our residents and to community individuals in need of clothing and house wares. We offer work skills opportunities and accept donations of useable goods and clothing.
Homelessness reflects many realities, including unemployment or under-employment coupled with rising housing costs. Considering the tremendous increase in the cost of housing locally, the Fair Tide transitional housing program is an essential part of the community’s efforts to bridge the housing gap for low income households.
Housing options for low wage-earning households are dire. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), “Nationally, for every 100 low wage-earning households, there are 31 affordable housing units available”.
The Fair Tide transitional housing program has, since 2003, been a vital link in a continuum of services in place for low income homeless households on the Seacoast. While living at Fair Tide, residents gain the necessary resources and skills to maintain financial stability and independence, enabling them to afford market rents post program. Residents in the Fair Tide program work toward achievable goals: finding a job and keeping it, paying off debts and improving one’s credit, finishing a college degree, taking care of mental and physical health needs, and raising healthy, confident children. Fair Tide considers the aforementioned goals vital components for housing retention.
Emergency Help for the Homeless
- Coordinated Entry | (603) 516-8143