Singles Shelter and Housing Project
Addressing Community Needs
Family Promise of Washington County, Inc. has taken the lead on a campaign to raise resources necessary to open a shelter for men and women who are at risk of homelessness in Washington County.
The need for a singles shelter was identified by the Washington County Homeless Coalition when, over the last five years, two local homeless shelter service providers closed their doors leaving men and women who are homeless with no where to go for help. The singles shelter will address this dangerous gap, bringing together shelter, meals, basic health ser- vices, and quality case management for individuals at risk of homelessness in Washington County.
“There is an urgent need to provide care and assistance to improve the circumstances of homeless men and women in Washington County.”said Josh Schoemann, County Administrator
Safety – Immediate access to food and shelter.
Health – Assessment and access to basic physical and behavioral health services.
Income – Connection to employment opportunities.
Family – Address situations to improve family relationships.
The singles shelter is a safe place for homeless single men and women to rebuild their lives. It will be staffed by caring individuals who will treat the residents with dignity, empathy and respect. More than a roof over someone’s head; this program strives to move individuals from homelessness to permanent housing. Our case management provides the glue that holds clients accountable to work on their goals of increasing income and obtaining permanent housing.
What is the Singles Shelter?
The singles shelter will be a stand-alone facility available to men and women at risk of home- lessness in Washington County. The shelter will provide shelter to individuals age 18 and older. The singles shelter will not accept sex offenders or those with a recent history of violent crime within the past 2 years.
The singles shelter will be located on a two-acre parcel of land donated by Washington Coun- ty. The address is 450 E Water Street, West Bend, adjacent to the Human Services Building.
Safe Shelter, Caring Staff, Housing Solutions
Homeless Services Shelter
The shelter will have rooms to serve up to 14 men and women and will have separate common areas for each gender. Common areas offer laundry/shower facilities and a large kitchen/living room area.
There will be four 1-bedroom units, each with a living room, kitchen/dining room, bedroom and full bath available for men moving out of shelter.
Supportive Services Space
This area, accessible to shelter and housing guests, is for case management, computers for job and housing search, training and meeting space.
Family Promise will work diligently to ensure individuals secure safe, stable housing and increase their income upon exit of the program.
Currently, the plan is to have the shelter open in February 2018. A comprehensive capital campaign has been established with a goal of raising $1.5 million dollars. This includes $1 million for construction of the 7,053 square foot facility and $500 thousand for two years of operating support. This will ensure Family Promise has the necessary funds to continue operations while an ongoing fund development plan is established.