The emergency shelters provide short term housing to men and women that need a place to stay, shower and store their personal belongings. Terms of stay are generally 30 days after they undergo an intake process.
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Emergency Shelter has capacity for 10 women, while the Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope has 28 beds for men.
In 2013, shelter was provided to 2,392 clients (43,056 beds were occupied).
During extreme weather conditions, where demand for emergency shelter is higher, our resource center and other available rooms are temporarily conditioned for this purpose.
Transitional housing units (efficiencies) allow parents undergoing harsh economic situations to provide a more stable environment for their families. Each unit can provide shelter to a family of up to 3 to 5 members. This program allows up to an 18-month stay, 90 days at a time. 19 families were provided transitional housing in 2013; their length of stay was longer than past years due to the difficulty of securing affordable permanent housing and employment.
BASIC LIVING AMENITIES
Thanks to the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Resource Center low-income individuals have access to shower, bathrooms, laundry, telephone, and fresh drinking water.
In 2013, 3,500 individuals made use of the resources provided at the center.
Homeless and indigent clients interested in becoming stable and reintegrating themselves into the workforce are assessed and referred to social, medical, mental health, employment, job training and life skills. As a central clearinghouse for all homeless services, staff caseworkers and professionals from various agencies, including Border Region, SCAN and Next Step, evaluate each individual’s needs and provide case management services through a variety of programs