We provide permanent housing for 41 low-income adults.
Some residents come to us directly from homelessness, as defined by the federal government. Most come from another housing situation that is unstable or unsustainable. At Cogswell Hall each resident lives independently in an individual apartment. Each has a bed, desk, chair, small refrigerator, microwave oven and private bathroom. Each resident pays rent equal to 30 percent of his or her income. All residents have access to common spaces throughout the building, including a parlor and library, activity rooms, floor lounges, computer stations and CogsMart, our small, in-house store. Three meals a day are served in our family-style dining room. These may be purchased on meal plan or a la carte with “kitchen cash” from our business office. The licensed social workers on our Supportive Services staff organize activities to enrich residents’ lives and build community among them. These include arts and crafts, discussion groups, game and movie nights, exercise opportunities, and outings for shopping, recreation and education. Volunteers from the community often assist, and some activities are organized by the residents themselves. Our staff also helps individual residents set and pursue goals in life and connect with services available in the community. Many residents work with outside case workers, doctors and visiting nurses.