Residents who are at least 18, live in a shared living community with other motivated women. The house has two living units, each accommodating up to a total of 8 women and their child(ren.) Families occupy either one or two private bedrooms depending on family size. Other living areas are shared. Residents may stay for up to 8 months. Each resident is responsible for their own groceries, cooking, and cleaning in addition to their expected work toward long-term stability.
Each resident is required to work with on-site Licensed Social Workers to develop a long-term stability plan – following through on these plans is part of the housing contract. Plans are reviewed and revised at least monthly.
Plans routinely include the expectation that residents participate in the MFIP program
and other services designed to remove obstacles to long term stability for women and their children.
Residents are expected to grant release of information authority to program staff so ongoing compliance with recommended and required services can be confirmed.
Finally, plans may include a requirement to participate in recommended community-based services such as counseling, child development, parenting, Chemical Dependency or Mental Health aftercare.
The program accepts only professional referrals from other St Cloud-area residential facilities. Referred women must be succeeding in stays at those programs. For them, Domus should be the next step on their journey to permanent housing.
Monthly program fees are determined on a sliding scale based upon each woman’s personal income. Residents pay 30% of their income as a program fee. It’s also important to note that residents are required to dedicate 45% of their remaining income to their future long-term stability. This money is deposited monthly into an account managed by the program and is used in accordance with the residents’ Long-Term Stability Plan. This could mean the funds are used to restore the residents’ credit, clear their rent history or to save for future expenses related to permanent housing.