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Transitional Housing Program
In the early 1990’s Consejo’s board and leadership noticed that there were insufficient transitional housing facilities that would accept low-income and/or undocumented Latinos to meet the needs of the community. The severe lack of housing opportunities stems from the fact that most transitional housing providers are unable to provide housing to residents of Washington that are undocumented because of the contractual restrictions in their funding. Additionally, there were no housing organizations that could provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services to Latinos suffering from mental illness or fleeing domestic violence. The resulting effect is that numerous low-income Latino residents had nowhere to receive the short-term housing stabilization and treatment needed to avoid ending up chronically homeless.
As the leading provider of both behavioral health treatment and domestic violence services for the Latino community in Washington, Consejo took on the responsibility to open and operate three housing facilities that would work to fill in the critical lack of community resources. In doing so, Consejo created housing facilities that provide the housing necessary for patients to attain stability and the opportunity for the patients to receive the treatment, case management, and/or referral services that empower them to take control of their own lives and thus prepare them for successful transition to independent living in their own community.
Consejo currently operates three transitional housing programs:
Mi Casa Transitional Housing Program
In 1998, Consejo developed Mi Casa to assist homeless Latino women and children who are victims of domestic violence who fled their abusers to safety and put an end to the violence threatening their lives once and for all. Mi Casa is a one-of-a-kind development in Washington. Residents are mostly low-income. Many have no income at all because, typically, their abuser was the sole wage earner in their household. All adult residents are primarily monolingual Spanish speaking clients. Some are also undocumented residents although their children are primarily citizens of the United States and speak fluent English. Aside from an array of Domestic Violence Services, all of these women and their children have access to Consejo’s broad continuum of services including children’s programming, mental health, substance abuse, use youth programming, peer support groups and Effective Parenting Classes. Mi Casa houses up to five families at a time. Each family has one bedroom in a large home with their own private bathroom
Las Brisas Transitional Housing Program
Since 1994, Las Brisas has housed and served Latino adults who are living with chronic mental illness and have a history of chronic homelessness. Las Brisas is made up of 10 one-bedroom, garden-style apartments with a common, central courtyard. Consejo also provides Las Brisas residents with psychiatric care, medication management, case management, individual and group therapy and vocational rehabilitation services.
Consejo Counseling and Referral Service made history in the Latino community of Washington State creating Villa Esperanza (Village of Hope). A housing program that counts with 23 two- and three-bedroom apartments to provide service-enriched transitional housing to Latina survivors of domestic violence and their children. Consejo owns the largest transitional housing for domestic violence survivors in Washington State.
Location & Hours Main Office
3808 S Angeline St.,
Seattle WA, 98118
Tel: (206) 461- 4880
Fax: (206) 461- 6989