In 2005 Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) purchased the Lawton Street Home. The Lawton Street Home is a two unit duplex that houses two formerly homeless families. The purchase of this home was made possible with an anonymous donation of $100,000. Families are able to live at the Lawton Street Home for 18 months. Giving families a longer term, more affordable housing option increases the chances that they will be able to work on skills needed to become more self-sufficient. While in the transitional living program participants work with their case manager on life skills, budgeting, schooling, and other necessary skills that would help a person to become more self-sufficient. Participant’s rent is based on their income.
In addition to Lawton Street, ECO leases 4 rental units in Edgerton. These units are subleased to individuals and families that are literally homeless and that face many barriers that would allow them to rent an apartment. Each month ECO pays the landlord the full rent payment and collects from the tenant a rent payment that is 30% of their income. The time that tenants spend in one of ECO’s 6 Transitional Living Programs allows the tenant to build a good rental history while working on goals that they have set for themselves.