The winter months have taken their toll on everyone. With temperatures below freezing and snow accumulations way too high, shoveling, sand, salt and pot holes have frustrated us all. Imagine being homeless through this past winter. StreetLight Mission worked with Elizabeth Coalition’s Project Warm Heart to provide emergency shelter to approximately 15 people every other Sunday night. This winter we have provided more than 200 nights of stay to guests in total. With only one bathroom, no showers and no commercial kitchen, we are very limited in what we can provide to our guests.
We look forward to completing our new facility where we will have up to 8 men in residence each night and room for an additional 15 in emergency situations. With a commercial kitchen we will be able to prepare hot meals. Additional bathrooms and showers will help improve our services.
There is a major shortage of safe affordable housing. Housing that is available is often in areas invested with drugs and crime. There is very little shelter available and even less for women and practically none for families. The current economic crisis has resulted in countless of families doubling up in apartments or rooms that were meant for single families or individuals. For many, this is the only way they can afford to live.
We refer more than 200 people a year to shelters, social service agencies and other resources.