Shelter the Homeless has recently completed construction of three new Homeless Resource Centers (HRCs). These HRCs are part of a broader strategy to help those experiencing homelessness in their journey to achieve housing stability and self-sufficiency.
Shelter the Homeless received the largest Rocky Mountain Blue Sky customer grant awarded in more than 15 years. The grant covered 80% of cost for the three HRCs solar arrays and donated the remaining 20% of the funds needed to cover all costs. Watch video below for more information.
Resource Center Model
The primary goal of the new Resource Center Model is to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring by providing emergency shelter coupled with case management and high-impact transformational interventions tailored to help those experiencing homelessness resolve their immediate crisis and rapidly return to stable housing. Each Resource Center provides a safe, warm place to sleep, and a wide range of services and resources including: case management, housing navigation, job training, employment services, life skills, meals, medical care, personal storage, laundry, transportation, and connections to other community resources. Each HRC is served by a mobile medical clinic provided by Fourth Street Clinic. There are no pre-qualifications to stay at a resource center. Anyone who follows the rules is welcome.
Coordinated Entry System (CES)
Most importantly, we are collaborating with a variety of community partners, including government agencies and service providers, to develop a robust centralized Coordinated Entry System. The coordinated entry process is a collaborative approach to coordination and management of a crisis response system’s resources that allows users to make consistent decisions from available information to efficiently and effectively connect people to interventions to rapidly prevent and end their homelessness.
Neighborhood Advisory Committees
Shelter the Homeless has organized three Neighborhood Advisory Committees for each of the HRCs. Each Committee meets regularly to share information, solicit community support, and consensus-building. For more information about getting involved, submit your contact information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition Plan & Timeline
The transition from the old model of homeless services delivery to the new model began in 2016, with the legislative appropriation for initial funding, in depth shelter bed needs analysis and statewide implementation of diversion for families. The transition process will continue through the opening of the three new HRCs starting in August 2019. The final months of the transition is being guided by a transition steering committee, including issue-specific task groups.
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