We are excited to share with you that TCBC was selected by The Community Development Program (CDP) of Beaver County to receive funding to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate a 24-hour men’s emergency shelter on behalf of the County.
Click here to read the Beaver County Times article announcing the funding award. Scroll down for FAQs and to learn how you can support this important next step in our county’s commitment to ending homelessness.
As the Beaver County Times put it, “After two years of no local options, homeless men in Beaver County will soon have a place to lay their heads at night.”
In addition to filling a critical gap in the county’s housing-related crisis solutions by providing emergency shelter for men, the 24/7 shelter will provide supportive services and case management to help participants gain the stability needed to rebuild their lives.
TCBC is now in its fifth 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.
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?
TCBC is currently under contract with Drug and Alcohol Services of Beaver Valley to purchase their current building located at 697 State Street in Vanport.
When will the shelter open?
TCBC anticipates opening the doors in January 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 secure permanent housing for clients is 45 days or less.
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
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!