bigstock-Homeless-3061338.jpgOpening doors for homeless and at-risk individuals

Assisting individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, Waypoint’s Shelter and Housing Program addresses barriers to attaining or maintaining permanent housing. As local rates of homelessness remain high, programs like this are vital to meeting the community’s critical service needs.

Overcoming housing obstacles through stabilizing services

According to the most recent “point-in-time Count” from the Linn County Continuum of Care Planning and Policy, 461 individuals were served by local emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, or were found living on the street. To keep pace with this number, shelter and housing support offers the following services:

  • Rapid Re-housing: matches individuals with resources and affordable housing options
  • Madge Phillips Center Shelter: shelters women and children as they transition into permanent housing
  • Coordinated Entry Program: serves as the central point of contact for Linn County homeless and housing resources
  • Daytime Resource Program: provides access to free, monthly hygiene kits, and resources

All of these services work in tandem to not only tend to emergency needs, but also help homeless individuals determine long-term solutions to their housing obstacles.

Raise awareness about homelessness in the community

Take part in one of Waypoint’s events or volunteer opportunities that raise awareness about homelessness and poverty in the area. May Baskets for the Homeless is a donation drive for laundry baskets, boxes, or plastic storage tubs filled with toiletries, baby products, and cleaning supplies, benefitting families living in poverty and women and children temporarily residing at the Madge Phillips Center Shelter (MPC). These items are distributed on May Day as a way to celebrate the holiday by giving to those in need

Another way to help is participating in the Sleep-Out for the Homeless, put on by Linn County Veteran Affairs and the Community Circle of Care in the fall. For this event, community members collect pledges and sleep outside in cardboard boxes to promote awareness of homelessness in Linn County and raise money for area shelters, including Waypoint.

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