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Homelessness is not an issue unique to St. Joseph, MO. In every community across the globe, there are individuals who have experienced homelessness at one point in their lives. The good news is, thanks to the support of donors and volunteers, there is a network of United Way Partner Agencies that provides supportive services to homeless individuals and families every day.

 

Check out all of these services and programs that serve those of us experiencing homelesness. All of these programs and services are offered through the United Way Network of Partner Agencies.

 

  • Catholic Charities offers emergency assistance as well as a housing program that includes rental assistance, transitional housing placement and permanent housing solutions.

  • Community Missions operates the Haven, Juda House which are permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men as well as the 8th Street Drop-In Center which is a day center where people can do laundry, get a cup of coffee, escape the weather and meet with case managers. In the winter, Community Missions also opens the Cold Weather Shelter for men.

  • The St. Joseph YWCA offers emergency shelter for women and children, primarily those fleeing abuse. The YWCA also owns and operates Bliss Manor, a transitional housing establishment for victims of abuse. 

  • The Salvation Army provides help for families experiencing homlessness through their family shelter and case management services.

  • InterServ offers a rapid rehousing program which offers rent and utility assistance for homeless individuals and families.

 

United Way Homeless Strategies and Emergency Response Task Force: 

Last Spring, United Way hosted community conversations about homelessness and organized a task force to address newly created gaps in shelter for homeless men and women. For several months, a group of community organizations, including United Way, met almost weekly to consider short and long term strategies to help stabilize individuals lacking housing.
 
Several strategies were implemented including: development of diversion protocols to reduce the number of individuals seeking emergency shelter; partnership with  regional emergency shelter to provide emergency shelter to local homeless individuals; funding for increased case management and barrier removal to help women and children at the YWCA move out of shelter into transitional and permanent housing; increased coordination and communication among agencies serving homeless individuals and cooperative case management. The task force continues to meet almost weekly and consider short and long term strategies to address homelessness. 
 
The United Way Housing Stability Program was established to assist individuals and families with homeless prevention and barrier removal so they can maintain or attain stable housing. 
 

United Way has also taken an active role in Flood Relief Efforts and serving those who have been displaced by the 2019 Flood. To learn more about Flood Relief, click here.

Check out this article on on how the United Way network addresses homelessness featured in the May edition of the Regular Joe.