Due to the growing homeless population in Bennington County, the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless was formed in 1997 to meet the needs of low income families experiencing and/or facing homelessness. To accomplish this, the Coalition operates the 6 Bank Street Shelter for Families in Transition, McCall Street Transitional Apartments, and The Thatcher House. All units are affordable housing facilities intended for both short and long-term transitional and serving long term homeless families and individuals. Our staff works directly with families and individuals to design and implement a realistic plan for self-sufficiency through life skills education, case management, employment readiness, budget counseling, all with permanent housing as the primary goal. Bennington Coalition for the Homeless is also a sponsoring agency for Shelter Plus Care Section 8 and also provides case management services to forty-plus households through this program.