Contact the Tyler Blain House
56 Prospect Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Phone (603) 788-2344
Fax (603) 788-3700
HOW TO ACCESS HOMELESS OUTREACH SERVICES:
Northern Grafton County:
Andy Stone, Homeless Programs Coordinator
262 Cottage St Ste G-61
Littleton, NH 03561
Tel: (603) 444-0184
Lower Valley Grafton County:
Dianne Munson, Upper Valley Homeless Outreach Worker
57 Mechanic Street GO-1
Lebanon, NH 03766
Tel: (603) 443-6150
Rebecca Hewson, Carroll County Homeless Outreach Worker
448 White Mountain Highway
Tamworth, NH 03886
Tel: (603) 323-7400 x110
Cory Jackson, Coos County Homeless Outreach
56 Prospect Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
961 Main Street
Berlin, NH 03570
Tel: (603) 788-2683
For after-hours homeless emergencies, please dial 211 for assistance.
Our program mission is to “strive to make sure every resident of the North Country has access to programs that will prevent an episode of homelessness and provide the assistance needed to secure shelter should homelessness come to pass.”
How Homeless Outreach Works in the Community
Homeless Outreach identifies persons who are unsheltered through direct outreach activities and through reports/referrals from shelters, police, churches, town welfare officers, human service providers, other agencies and community members. Once a potentially homeless person is identified, the Outreach Worker initiates contact with the unsheltered homeless for the purpose of providing assistance with attaining adequate shelter and access to needed services.
Each individual and family referred for services are assessed for the immediacy of need and type of intervention appropriate to ameliorate the threat of homelessness and take action to respond to the homeless emergency. The Outreach Worker will also establish whether the client is eligible for PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) mental health services. Outreach Workers also assist homeless individuals and families in obtaining transportation to shelter or services, whenever possible.
Other Services Available Through Homeless Outreach Include:
- 0% Interest Loans for 1st Month Rent or Security Deposit (must meet eligibility guidelines).
- Partial assistance with 1st Month Rent or Rental Arrears with housing stabilization support (must meet eligibility guidelines and funding dependent).
- Coordinated Entry: Outreach workers use a statewide assessment tool to help better assist and refer people experiencing homelessness to the properly available programs.
The Tyler Blain House Homeless Shelter
“ A Home Between Homes…”
The Tyler Blain House, located in Lancaster, New Hampshire, is a 4-bedroom Victorian home. It is ADA compliant and has the ability to house up to 8 individuals at a time. Shelter guests have independent access to a large eat-in kitchen, a community food pantry, laundry facilities and a common area. Food and material goods assistance are provided as needed. On-site staff provides individualized case management services to all shelter guests, including help with transportation. Staff also assists shelter guests in developing plans to meet their goals of being self-sufficient and securing permanent housing. All are welcome at Tyler Blain, except individuals who are a safety threat to themselves or others, and unaccompanied minors.
Our goal is to alleviate immediate housing emergencies and to assist shelter residents with achieving independence that leads to permanent housing and ends the cycle of homelessness.
When the tragedy of homelessness occurs, people often feel disconnected from their community. At Tyler Blain, we believe that a successful approach to shelter happens in the context of a supportive community–one that focuses on including the person in a meaningful experience. For this reason, when people stay at Tyler Blain House, they are engaged in a total community living arrangement. We believe everyone heals at a different pace, and for this reason, there is not a limit on the length of time an individual may stay. We ask only that residents be pro-active in their plan for independence.