TCBC will soon launch construction of Beaver County’s first 24-hour men’s emergency shelter. Currently there are no in-county shelters that accept men, so this shelter will fill a critical gap in the county’s housing-related crisis solutions. It will also provide supportive services and case management to help participants gain the stability needed to rebuild their lives.
In 2021, TCBC was selected by The Community Development Program (CDP) of Beaver County to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate a 24-hour men’s emergency shelter on behalf of the County. With initial funding, TCBC purchased the building at 697 State Street in Vanport and worked with WTW Architects on the renovation design.
Now, with the recent resolution of the Beaver County Board of Commissioners allocating $1 million of the county’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for shelter construction, the renovations will begin. Funding from the Community Development Grant (CDBG) CV funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) CV funds, and Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) funds were also approved.
Through a bidding process in December, Graham Construction was selected by the CDP of Beaver County and approved by Beaver County to serve as construction partner for the project.
Construction planning meetings have begun and the shelter is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2022.
TCBC is now in its sixth year of delivering and streamlining solutions and resources that help prevent and end homelessness here in Beaver County. Every day, our team serves on the front lines of housing-related crisis. We have a depth of understanding around the complexities of homelessness and we have extensive experience in helping clients successfully transition from crisis to emergency solutions to permanent housing and stability.
The fully-serviced and staffed 24-hour men’s emergency shelter is a natural progression in our ongoing commitment to the community.
Below are FAQs and the answers that are available at this time.
We look forward to sharing this journey with you! Please stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page for updates as we move forward with this important project.
Why is there a need for a men’s emergency shelter in Beaver County?
The lack of a men’s shelter is a daily challenge TCBC and partner agencies have navigated in their work to provide and coordinate local housing resources and human services to prevent and end homelessness in Beaver County. Economic conditions and the pandemic exacerbated the challenge.
Over the past few years, due to COVID, out-of-county shelter options once relied upon to help fill the gap began to have limited space. Out-of-county shelters TCBC once called upon to help fill the gap are no longer a reliable option. Hotels and motels utilized for alternative emergency housing have presented logistical and financial challenges.
The men’s emergency shelter will fill a critical gap in Beaver County’s housing-related crisis solutions as there are currently no in-county shelters that accept men.
Where will the shelter be located?
The shelter building is located at 697 State Street in Vanport.
When will the shelter open?
TCBC anticipates opening the doors in Summer of 2022.
Who will be eligible to seek emergency housing at the shelter?
Men who are experiencing homelessness.
Women experiencing homelessness are eligible for shelter at the Women’s Shelter of Beaver County as well as TCBC’s BC On Call units and other TCBC emergency housing options.
What services will be provided to ensure positive outcomes for shelter participants?
The shelter will be much more than a place to sleep.
The fully-staffed, 24-hour men’s shelter will be intentionally designed to provide a safe, welcoming, comfortable, and supportive environment as well as wrap-around services to ensure that participants are able to successfully transition to permanent housing, independence, and ultimately, a future of hope and possibilities.
Services available to participants will include:
Services will be provided by TCBC staff, Beaver County Continuum of Care (CoC) partners, and additional community partners.
How many will the shelter be able to house?
The current plan is to accommodate up to 20 shelter participants.
How long will participants stay at the shelter?
Historically, the average amount of time it takes for TCBC to help clients secure permanent housing is 30 to 40 days.
How will shelter participants access transportation?
Shelter staff will include two drivers. Bus passes may also be accessed.
How will the shelter ensure safety?
The shelter will meet all building codes and safety standards, and follow COVID-19 precautionary protocol as recommended by the CDC.
Shelter participants will be required to meet/adhere to shelter rules and regulations put forth for the safety of all participants, staff, and the community.
The building will be fully staffed and have controlled entry and security 24-hour hours a day, seven days a week.
Staff will be trained and work in cooperation with local first responders and law enforcement to properly handle any emergency situations.
How is the shelter funded?
$1,050,000 in county, state, and federal funding from the CARES Act for emergency housing have been allocated by the County for the project. Additional support comes from TCBC fundraising efforts.
A combination of CARES Act funding, Community Development Bloc Grant (CDBG – HUD) funding, and Emergency Solutions Grant Covid (CV) 1 and (Covid (CV) 2 will be utilized as follows:
Building Acquisition – $250,000
Building Rehabilitation – $200,000
Operations and programming – $600,000
Plus additional support from TCBC fundraising
American Rescue Plan (ARP) – $1 Million
Community Development Grant (CDBG) CV funds – $200,000
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) CV funds – $398,369
Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) funds – $200,000
Community support and TCBC fundraising will provide additional, ongoing support.
How can I support TCBC and this important next step in our county’s commitment to addressing homelessness?
You can make an online donation here on our website or you can mail a check payable to The Cornerstone of Beaver County to:
The Cornerstone of Beaver County
600 6th Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
You can inquire about volunteer and in-kind donation opportunities by emailing [email protected].
On behalf of the TCBC team, our partners, and everyone we serve, we thank you for your interest and support!