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

Assisting individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, Waypoint’s Homeless and Housing Services address 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, 397 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: supports households who are literally homeless (living in an emergency shelter or on the streets) with case management and housing search & placement 
  • Madge Phillips Center Shelter: provides temporary shelter to women and families with children while they search for permanent housing
  • Centralized Intake: serves as the central point of contact for Linn County homeless and housing 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, benefiting families living in poverty and women and families with children temporarily residing at the Madge Phillips Center Shelter (MPC). These items are distributed throughout the year.

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