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Interfaith to open first year round homeless shelter in North County

Interfaith Community Services to open first year-round shelter for men and women in North County.

Interfaith Community Services will be opening the first ever year-round emergency housing shelter for men and women in the North San Diego County region. With the full support of both the City of Escondido and Escondido Police Department, the shelter will open its doors on December 1, 2015 and will provide up to 49 homeless men and women with a safe, secure place to sleep each night.

“The city’s support for the year-round shelter demonstrates our commitment to solving the homeless situation in Escondido,” said Mayor of Escondido, Sam Abed.

“The opportunity to open the first year-round emergency shelter in the history of our North County community is monumental,” said Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services. “Our Haven House Emergency Winter Shelter has a proven track record, so we’re excited to build off of that model with the support of our community partners and provide housing to those on our streets who are in critical need of help.”

The new year-round Haven House Emergency Shelter will focus on providing shelter to those who are either already working, or are on-track to gain employment, for whom housing assistance will allow them to achieve self-sufficiency and stabilization.

As a proven successful model, the year-round shelter will be operated similarly to the single-season winter shelter. By offering access to basic necessities such as shelter, food, and a shower in tandem with comprehensive case management and support, 57% of individuals provided with housing through Interfaith’s Haven House Emergency Shelter last winter went on to secure safe and affordable housing.

“This is about much more than just an emergency shelter,” said Anglea. “It’s about creating a continuum of care for the poorest and most vulnerable of our community. With a year round shelter, we can and we will provide better tomorrows for those facing difficult todays.”

Fully supported by private charitable gifts, Interfaith is asking for help from the community to raise the funds needed to complete this project. Estimated first year costs are $500,000, including the renovation of the winter shelter and operating costs including food, staffing and access to programs. Interfaith has secured an initial private gift of $250,000 and is seeking to match that with an additional $250,000 in donations.

As a volunteer driven initiative, the year-round Haven House Emergency Shelter will complement Interfaith’s Recuperative Care Program, which offers shelter to homeless veterans and non-veterans post-hospitalization at Interfaith’s new Veteran and Family Resource Center, opening in October 2015. Both housing programs will be operated within the larger Alliance for Regional Solutions housing network, as part of the North County 25 Cities Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.

About Interfaith Community Services

Interfaith Community Services is North County’s largest social services agency and has been “helping people help themselves” since 1979. The organization provides a wide range of programs designed to empower hungry, homeless, and low-income community members to begin a pathway toward self-sufficiency. Each year, Interfaith Community Services serves more than 16,000 community members by providing basic needs and nutrition support, social services, shelters and housing, employment development, youth programs, senior services, veterans programs and addiction recovery support.

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