Much-needed transitional house coming to Port Clinton

Apr 23, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 1 comment

This Port Clinton house will open as a transitional home in Port Clinton later this summer. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Sometimes, good people need a little help to step into a fully independent and healthy life. Sometimes, life gets in the way of life.

The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Ottawa, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties (MHRSB) is working on a practical solution in Port Clinton that will support women as they work toward self-reliance. The board recently purchased a five-bedroom home in Port Clinton that will serve as a short-term transitional house for women.

MHRSB Executive Director Mircea Handru said the home, called Polly’s Place, will focus on assisting individuals with mild and moderate mental illness and/or substance abuse struggles who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

The transitional home features five bedrooms, 2 and a half baths and this fully equipped kitchen. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Women don’t have to have a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis to live here,” said MHRSB Community Outreach Coordinator Nicole Williams.

Although the transitional house is not a recovery home, it will operate similarly.

“It will have rules and regulations like our recovery houses. They will need to be substance-free. There will be curfews and structure,” Williams said.

The residents will find support from a house manager and MHRSB resources. Residents who are in addiction or mental health treatment will be supported on their recovery journey. Financial health courses will teach skills such as banking and budgeting, and the house manager will teach practical skills like grocery shopping and cooking, if needed. Residents will find help with employment connections and peer support services.

MHRSB Community Outreach Coordinator Nicole Williams said the transitional home will help women get back on their feet. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

As a short-term transitional house, residents may stay up to six months. Rent will be based on the resident’s income and could increase incrementally throughout their stay. A unique feature of the house will be the opportunity, on a case-by-case basis, of allowing children to stay in the home with their mothers.

“Polly’s Place will fill the gap within Ottawa County for many individuals who may not qualify or have access to the recovery houses available or the mental health group homes. Polly’s Place will focus on a time-limited program and could accept individuals on an emergency basis,” Handru said.

MHRSB identified the need for a transitional house through the efforts of the Ottawa County Homeless Coalition and through discussions with community stakeholders, including treatment agencies, courts and First Responders.

MHRSB Community Outreach Coordinator Nicole Williams stands in the living room of a transitional home that will open in Port Clinton this summer. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“As a newer public entity serving Ottawa County, we are proud to deliver and invest resources that are much needed in the local community,” Handru said. “The collaboration with the Ottawa County Commissioners and other public and private entities in Ottawa County has been remarkable, and we are very happy to make Polly’s Place available as another resource for Ottawa County residents.”Potential residents will be referred by local agencies, and self-referrals will be accepted. MHRSB hopes to have the home open by July 1. Applications will be posted on the website sometime prior to its opening.

“We want to help women get back on their feet so they can integrate back into life, however that looks to them,” Williams said.

For more information on MHRSB, visit www.mhsosw.org.

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  1. Scott Gresser

    What about the men?

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