The spotlight continues to shine on East End Cooperative Ministry over at the Heinz Endowments website. Today we're taking a look at EECM's Housing Programs.
Blogger: Paul DeWalt, Hunger and Homeless Programs Director
East End Cooperative Ministry operates six distinct housing programs that provide a continuum of care to the homeless community. All of these programs have an intensive case management component as we seek to help homeless men and women move toward independence and self-sufficiency.
Every night of the year, EECM’s Men’s Emergency Shelter provides homeless men with beds, showers, laundry facilities, hot meals and a safe haven from the street. Last year, we provided 10,883 nights of shelter to 473 different men.
In the afternoons, homeless men and women are welcome to come to EECM’s Drop-in Center for food, support, and refuge. They also meet there with service providers from the community, such as doctors, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and mental health workers.
PennFree is a 12-month scattered-site rent support program for men and women recovering from substance abuse. Last year, the program served 36 different adults, four with children.
Bridge Housing is a one-year residential program providing a safe, supportive and affordable living space for twelve homeless men who are making the transition from crisis shelter to independent living.
Safe Haven provides long-term housing and support for up to eight chronically homeless, mentally ill men who had previously been living on the streets. The program is currently operating at full capacity.
The Orr Compassionate Care Center is a 12-bed non-medical respite care facility where homeless and mentally ill adults can recuperate after being discharged from local hospitals when their physical or mental health issues temporarily prevent independent living. Last year, we provided a total of 3,246 days of care to 80 individuals.