Providing for the Homeless through Shelters and Housing Options

Addressing homelessness in any given area is an urgent issue but not a simple task. WestCare understands that there is a need not only for shelter but also transitional living, case management, and eventually permanent housing. It is important to assess each person individually and assist them in addressing all issues in order to get back on their feet.

WestCare provides shelter and also works with other organizations to serve the homeless of various communities. Pikeville Kentucky's Emergency Homeless Shelter provides housing, substance abuse services and independent living skills for individuals and/or families who are at risk of becoming or are homeless. Georgia's Blanket Atlanta program is a mobile outreach unit that works in collaboration with several local shelters to provide continuous comprehensive care to homeless adults and their families. In Florida, Turning Point serves as an emergency intervention shelter and inebriate receiving facility, providing intervention services for homeless adults with substance abuse issues.

Once the immediate need of shelter has been met, individuals must move to transitional living facilities to ensure positive change. In California, WestCare serves both homeless male veterans and homeless female veterans through Veteran's Plaza and HomeFront. These programs give back to those who have already given so much by providing them a home and case management services for up to two years. In Florida, the Mustard Seed Inn provides transitional housing to homeless adults who have begun their recovery from alcohol, drug abuse and/or mental illness.