In the last year, Shelter House provided emergency shelter to 617 adults and 117 children in our community. It has remained open throughout the pandemic, providing temporary housing and helping people find permanent housing. In just the first six months of 2021, with grants and individual gifts for eviction prevention work, Shelter House has been able to keep 555 individuals in 236 households from experiencing homelessness. Case managers were able to help individuals and families with utility assistance, late payments, and more. Children were able to remain in their schools.
Construction has begun on a second Housing First facility next door to Shelter House. It will provide 36 chronically homeless individuals a safe home of their own with the opportunity to turn their lives around as the tenants in Cross Park have in the last two years.
Cash or check donations can be given online through Realm (onrealm.org/uusic/-/give/SJOffering) or mailed to the office. (Write checks to UUS, with Shelter House on the memo line.)