Emergency Family Shelter


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Until recently, Community Outreach, Inc. has offered a drop-in shelter for families and individuals seeking a safe place to sleep for the night. This program was open to families with an adult head of household and children, and to individuals referred by a community partner. Clients could access showers, bathrooms, kitchen, food pantries; our phone, mail, and message services; our information and referral services; and our medical clinics for those without insurance.

However, due to a significant cut in city, state, and federal funding, the emergency shelter closed effective July 1, 2017. The service has been suspended indefinitely.

 

Program Overview

Historically, this service was offered seven days a week. Clients could be on-site as early as 7pm and checked in no later than 9pm, when quiet hours began. Bedding was provided, and a limited number of mats were also available. Clients could also choose to use their own bedding.

Emergency shelter clients were awake at 7am, and allowed to use showers, bathrooms, and kitchen. Clients would be packed up and out of the lobby area before it opened at 8am.

Families using the emergency shelter will be offered the option to complete an intake the next day, if eligible per our housing screening; appropriate behavior included sobriety, and an open available family unit.

Currently, our committed staff continues to provide the highest quality of comprehensive services to all of our clients regardless of their socio-economic background. We strive to support and assist all our clients with dignity and respect, and encourage our clients to apply for COI’s Transitional Housing Program, so they may have additional time to work toward self-sufficiency. Clients in need of substance abuse or mental health treatment services are encouraged to access these programs.

 

Admission Criteria

  • For families, head of household must be 18 years or older and have children present
  • Individuals must be referred by a community partner
  • Must have completed an emergency shelter intake
  • We do not shelter sex offenders, violent or dangerous offenders, or anyone whose behavior may jeopardize the health and safety of other clients and staff

 

Is there a cost?

No.