Family Emergency Shelter

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Emergency Family Shelter

Community Outreach offers year round drop in shelter for families seeking a safe place to sleep for the night. This program is open to families with an adult (male or female) head of household with children, regardless of being intoxicated by any amount of illegal drugs and/or alcohol, with clients being screened by behavior. Community Outreach’s zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs and/or alcohol will be temporarily suspended to offer this service to homeless families.

Clients have access to showers, bathrooms, kitchen, food pantries; our phone, mail, and message services; our information and referral services; and our medical clinics for those without insurance. Our staff is committed 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 of our clients with dignity and respect and encourage all our clients to apply for our Transitional Housing Program so that they may have additional time to work towards self sufficiency. Clients in need of substance abuse or mental health treatment services are encouraged to access these programs.

Program Overview:

This service will be offered 7 days/week and clients may be on-site as early as 7pm. Clients must be checked in and on property no later than 9pm. Client’s can stay in the waiting area downstairs until our lobby closes to the public at 9pm, at which time they may set up their beds. Quiet hours will normally begin at 9pm; this means lights out and clients settling in to bed.

Bedding will be provided, as will a mat (limited number available) or clients may choose to use their own.

All Emergency Family Shelter clients need to be awake at 7am, and they are allowed to use showers, bathrooms and kitchen. Our lobby opens at 8am, so all emergency family shelter clients need to be packed up and out of the lobby area before 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 includes sobriety, and an open available family unit.

Admission Criteria:

• Head of household must be 18 years or older.
• Must have children present
• We do not shelter sex offenders or violent/dangerous offenders whose behavior may jeopardize the health and safety of other clients and staff.
• Must have completed an emergency shelter intake

Is there a cost?