Peaceprints of WNY recognizes that safe, affordable and stable housing is one of the largest needs for returning citizens; we are committed to support this need each step of the way with Transitional, Supportive and Independent Living Housing options.
Transitional Residence Program
Bissonette House is a 120 day transitional residence program which provides its Residents with the support and guidance needed to make a positive transformation and a successful reentry. Bissonette Residents participate completely in all aspects of community living after all, Bissonette House is a home and we want this opportunity to serve as bridge to a new beginning and future. Both staff and volunteers work to create a comfortable community setting that is undeveloped allowing for restoration and growth.
Everyone residing at Bissonette House abides by the community living values established within our home. This includes participation in chores, house dinners, morning focus groups, as well as through involvement in other house and community activities. Additionally, we ask that each house member meet with our in house Transition Coordinator once a week for individual transition planning sessions. We appreciate the busyness of individual schedules and attempt to make our program demands loose enough to accommodate specific needs as well as Parole-mandated appointments.
The men living at our residence take personal responsibility for setting their own goals, while reaching out to house staff for additional support and guidance. Additionally, the house staff will assist residents with additional community links to services that may be required by Parole.
Housing services can only be acquired by way of a referral from New York State Department of Community Corrections & Supervision, Erie County Parole Division Office. Acceptance into the Bissonette House Transitional Residence program is contingent upon a Parole Officer’s recommendation and referral.
We consider all offenders who will be under Community Supervision for residency except convictions of a sex offense or arson.
Supportive Residence Program
Hope House, previously known as Peter and Paul, is considered a supportive housing program. The newly renovated, fully furnished, low income housing is located on Smith Street in Buffalo. The supportive housing environment offers men transitioning out of our Bissonette House an opportunity to continue their community reintegration. Hope House has eight private rooms that are “move-in ready.”
At Hope House, our residents have access to a full kitchen, living room, garden, work-out area, and as well as laundry facilities and storage. Residents in our supportive housing can expect increased responsibilities however in a less structured environment. Residents are responsible for paying rent which includes cable and utilities, keeping the residence clean, purchasing their own household goods, and abiding by any other conditions of release. Participation in our weekly in-house Cephas Community Support group is strongly encouraged to allow for continued personal growth.
Additionally, Hope House has a live-in House Coordinator who supports and interacts with all residents on a daily basis. The House Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the comfortable “home-like” environment. There is no maximum time limit for residents, length of stay depends on individual circumstances as well as attainment of personal goals.
In order to apply for residency, at move-in you need:
Current employment with an annual income of less than $22,000 or have current, active and approved Social Security or DSS Entitlement benefits.
Independent Living Apartments
Opened November 2016, these newly renovated one and two bedroom units serve as safe, clean and affordable independent living apartments for men and women with criminal convictions and their families. Rental applications are available at the Peaceprints of WNY Administrative Office.
Must complete a rental application and willing to comply with general housing standards.