Catholic Charities provides safe and appropriate residential
opportunities to children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with
mental illness. In the supportive settings of our Siena Residence for
adults and teaching family homes for children and adolescents,
residents can acquire social and independent living skills to help
them become more self-sufficient and socially integrated.
Siena Residence provides housing and supportive services for
12 adults with chronic mental illness. Siena Residence is a stable
environment in which each client works with a primary counselor
to set goals and takes steps toward them. The counselor will assist
and support the client in pursuing employment, job training,
independent housing, medication management, socialization, and
other goals and activities.
Teaching Family Homes
Catholic Charities operates five teaching family homes.
These homes provide community-based residential treatment for
children and adolescents age 5 through 17 who suffer serious
emotional difficulties. Each home houses four youths and two
teaching parents, a married couple who provide support and teach
skills for successful living in the community. Each child's family is
extensively involved in treatment, with the goals of stabilizing the
family and returning the child to his or her home.
Project Independence is a supported housing effort that provides
assistance to individuals and families who are homeless with mental
illness and substance abuse difficulties. We assist individuals in
finding appropriate housing and ongoing support and counseling
to maintain treatment. The goal of this program is to help
individuals and families live successfully and independently
in the community.
Special Needs Housing
Catholic Charities provides low-income special needs housing
because Long Island's notoriously high cost of living can be
especially hard on families with one or more HIV-ill members.
Special Needs Housing currently provides 25 affordable rental
units for individuals, couples, and families. More units are
planned for the near future. Families in the special needs housing
residences have access to social work and case management
services, as needed.
Locations and Hours
Catholic Charities Mental Health Residential Services
333 North Main Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Eligibility and Fees
Adults 18 and over who have been diagnosed with a mental illness
are eligible for Siena Residence. Children and adolescents 5 - 17
years old with serious emotional difficulties, are eligible for the
Teaching Family Homes. Priority is given to those who are
hospitalized or in danger of hospitalization. Project Independence
and special needs housing is available for individuals and families
who are homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness with
mental health problems, substance abuse, or HIV / AIDS.
There are no fees for the services offered. Rent is based on ability to
pay. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.