Domiciliary Inc. is a not-for profit organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
on March 24, 2000. The Domiciliary provides its services in various types of housing including single person occupancies, family transitional housing, permanent housing, and homeownership opportunities. We see our mission as "inclusive" of those who have been "excluded" from fully functioning in "mainstream" society.
The Domiciliary is a nurturing, spiritual, therapeutic community, at once supportive and cognigent of the problems that plague the disadvantaged. We will demand the best from our residents and shall give no less in terms of support and services. We are a housing initiative and more, for we seek to address those areas of a homeless individual, couple or family's core issues that made them vulnerable to homelessness in the first place. We contend that unequal opportunity, poverty and disenfranchisement have created a group of people who are extremely vulnerable to the whims of the larger economic climate. Homelessness has increased steadily for more than twenty years, with no signs of alleviation, in the Greater Boston area as well as the rest of the nation. Homelessness itself is a catch 22 situation - when the economy is good, rents increase - poor people cannot afford to pay. When the economy is not prosperous, rents may go down, (or its increase may slow down), but the poor still cannot pay because getting jobs becomes more difficult. The reasons for homelessness are well known, and homelessness prevention has become a means by which homelessness may be slowed down a bit, but the most prevalent reason for homelessness, the lack of decent, affordable housing, has yet to be addressed by the creation of sufficient quantities of such housing. Although housing is being developed, it is not being created at the rate that people are losing their housing. In Boston, in 2000, according to the Homeless Census, conducted by the Emergency Shelter Commission, there were 5906 homeless men, women and children in shelter, and the census for 2001 indicates there was an increase of 5%. There is a population in Boston that is not counted in the Homeless Census, that of families that are not eligible by current standards and regulations to access shelter or Emergency Assistance. These people may be doubling up, (officially or not) with family members, or they may have had to access shelter by separating, with the father (if present) in a men's shelter, the mother in a women's shelter and the children, (especially boys over the age of 12 or 13) living with family relatives, until the parents are able to get housing with the hopes that the family unit has not disintegrated so badly, that reunification is impossible. The other population that is not addressed is that of couples who lose their housing. They may be long-term couples, married or not, that do not have children. There are no shelter programs that address their needs.
The Domiciliary sees as its mission the creation of shelter/transitional housing for families who have no access to emergency assistance and shelter/transitional housing. The Domiciliary also wants to create transitional housing for individuals who have successfully completed our shelter program and who sincerely would like to address those concerns that precipitated their journey into homelessness. With intense and aggressive counseling and case management we intend on enriching and imparting self - empowerment skills to all that we serve. The Domiciliary firmly believes that homelessness will continue to be a societal problem until all who lose their housing are eligible for comprehensive and dedicated assistance. The Domiciliary seeks to assist in the effort to help end homelessness in Boston by creative and innovative housing and empowerment strategies. The Domiciliary will address these issues with several housing initiatives and enterprises.
Emergency Assistance Program The Emergency Assistance we provide is in the form of rental assistance, utility arrears assistance, and/or advocacy . Emergency Shelter Program (DIESP) Our Emergency Shelter program is specifically for families that are denied shelter through either individual shelters or through the DTA. Transitional Program (DITHI) Once accepted into the transitional Housing Program, our residents will be required to pay 30% of their income for housing. Permanent Housing Our permanent housing initiative is a basic landlord-tenant relationship with supportive services , if needed. Rapid Exit Program (REP) Occasionally families will come to our facility will Sec.8 vouchers or ample income to rent a market rate apartment. Our housing Advocate will work diligently and intensely with these families to secure apartments .
A twenty-four hour/seven day a week daycare program will be available on-site for our emergency shelter, transitional and permanent residen
Domiciliary Food Pantry
A food pantry will be available for neighborhood families that are in need.
There is a drop-in for neighborhood women with the opportunity to socialize, use the computer lab, and have lunch, meet with an advocate, learn arts and crafts and attend workshops and classes of interest.
Domiciliary Computer Lab
Available for residents and neighborhood residents. Interns and teachers available to teach computer basics.
The Domiciliary will establish several enterprises to generate program operating revenues. Under research are: an herbarium , a cyber-café in the inner city, a jewelry-making venture, and/or a soap-making business. Our residents will be trained to work these establishments and earn a decent income.