The Board of Directors and Employees of Martin House have made a commitment to provide a nurturing community where individuals of limited income who have been alone, alienated, fearful and dispossessed can develop healthy relationships, new dignity, and a renewed life. Our community will include people recovering from mental illness and addictions. This is accomplished by providing dignified housing, nutritious food, a safe, caring environment, and supportive services for 56 men and women who seldom experience any of these.
Residents who live at Martin House can achieve personal fulfillment and develop a foundation from which to go on to secure permanent housing. They will learn life skills and pursue goals that will enable them to become valued members of the community in which they live and work.
Each individual who lives at Martin House will be offered an environment that will promote respect, self-determination, personal growth and
Martin House serves individuals who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, the majority of who have histories of mental
illness, are of low income, and are unemployed or under-employed. Over 90% of our residents have
histories of mental illnesses. Many have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse, developmental disabilities, or physical
disabilities. Before coming to Martin House, many residents had been repeatedly admitted to
Martin House was founded in 1982 in response to the growing number of homeless men and women in the Norwich - New London area because of discharges from the Norwich Hospital due to deinstitutionalization.
The state of Connecticut made available an empty building on the Norwich Hospital Campus. Area non-profits were solicited on ideas for the use of this building. The Martin House proposal was accepted to house people of low income, the majority of whom have histories mental illness. Martin House proposed to provide a residence, three meals a day and support services to the people it served.
In August, 1998, with the closing of Norwich Hospital, Martin House moved to the Uncas on Thames campus after a multi-million dollar renovation of an abandoned building. We now occupy this building.
In May 2010, Martin House entered into collaboration with Reliance House and the state of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to house and provide services to up to ten individuals who need more services.
Through the years Martin House has served over 800 adult men and women. We have served people from 18 years of age to their late 80's. The majority of residents are in their 40's and 50's.
Upon leaving Martin House, most people move into their own apartment.