Innovative Housing for Homeless on the Horizon

Graphic showing what the new shelter facility will look like when completed in late 2019.

A new innovative approach for housing our homeless residents and helping them transition into permanent housing is scheduled to open in late 2019 in the Bailey’s area. The new facility will be located at 5914 Seminary Road and will replace the existing Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter located at 3525 Moncure Ave.

Ariel map of where current Bailey's shelter is located and where the new facility is being located.

 

Several features of the new facility include:

  • 52 emergency shelter beds to serve single adults, including four medical respite beds
  • Approximately 18 personal living quarters
  • Outdoor picnic and activity area
  • 24-hour staffing, including guidance and counseling
  • Hypothermia prevention program site, which operates from November through March, with a “no turn-away” policy during freezing temperatures.

“This brand new facility will be our first in a new generation of modern facilities,” said Dean Klein, director of the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. “We have some very old facilities with a lot of wear and tear that weren’t built to accommodate the new models for housing our homeless population. This new facility will have much better efficiencies of our resources and staff to provide the best care possible to this vulnerable community.”

Listen to Klein discuss the new facility during a recent County Conversation podcast.

 

Flexibility to Meet Changing Needs

Depiction of back of new facility scheduled to open in late 2019.

The facility is designed to provide flexibility where multiple needs can be met at one location. It will provide both emergency shelter to meet crisis for single individuals who are homeless, as well as permanent supportive housing units to allow us to provide permanent housing with intensive services. These services are needed  for individuals who have been homeless for a long time and have significant barriers that have prevented them from being independent in our community

In addition, the flexible space will be able to accommodate changes in the numbers of homeless and will allow for an increase in permanent supportive housing units as our homeless numbers decrease.

 

Demographics of Current Shelter Residents
  • 74 percent of the current Bailey’s shelter residents are male; 26 percent are female
  • One third of the residents are age 51+
  • 8 percent are U.S. military veterans
  • 11 percent are survivors of domestic violence
  • Many have chronic health problems and disabilities
  • Average stay in the shelter is less than two months

 

Projected Project Timeline

Work on the construction of the new facility is led by our Capital Projects team in the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The scheduled timeline is:

  • Design: Fall 2016 – Fall 2017
  • Construction: Spring 2018 – Fall 2019
  • Shelter Opening: Late Fall 2019
Learn More About New Shelter Facility

 

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