COVINGTON, Ky. — Welcome House of Northern Kentucky will open a temporary winter shelter on Monday, Nov. 30 to house adults experiencing homelessness during the colder months.
With the help of CARES Act emergency funding and in partnership with Urban Outreach, Welcome House will be able to shelter 26 people in a newly-renovated building through March 31, 2021. Food will be provided by Brighton Center’s Center Table Catering and other donors, plus clothing and other basic amenities.
Welcome House CEO Danielle Amrine said that the COVID-19 pandemic has put "significant strain" on the sheltering system, with limited shelter beds decreased by nearly 70% for social distancing.
"We could have over fifty people sheltering outside this winter," Amrine said in a release Monday. "We have to do something. We can’t let people in our community freeze to death this winter.”
Welcome House, which already shelters women and children experiencing homelessness, hopes the temporary winter shelter addresses "desperately needed" shelter for single adults in the region and other services.
“Our goal is to stabilize the lives of these homeless individuals by operating this site 24/7. We will be able to provide needed wraparound services like case management, medical care, food, transportation, counseling in addition to shelter,” Amrine said. “If you want to end homelessness, you have to embrace a housing first philosophy. Once you get someone housed, you can work on all the other issues.”
Welcome House of Northern Kentucky is located at 205 W. Pike St. in Covington.
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