Northwoods Homeless Shelter
Amery, WI 54001
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Services: Emergency Shelter,Transitional housing, case management, general assistance.
Northwoods Homeless Shelters is an emergency shelter program that can provide 30-60 days of stay for homeless families and individuals. Residents have a safe, clean place to stay while they, with staff assistance, address the issues that were causing homelessness. Our program has three units, two family units and one efficiency apartment that can house a single parent with one or two small children or an individual. Each unit has its own furnished kitchen, living areas, bedrooms and bathroom. There is a washer and dryer in the duplex that is shared by both units. The Hope House in Luck has a washer and dryer that the family can use. Each unit is fully furnished and food, hygiene products, paper products, cleaning and laundry products are provided.
Northwoods Homeless Shelters has one unit of transitional housing that can provide long-term housing for those residents of our emergency shelter program that have long-term issues that are creating a homeless situation for the family. Families accepted into this program must have successfully completed our emergency shelter program. The transitional housing unit is fully furnished. There is a washer and dryer for the family's use.
Case management is provided for each family that resides in our shelters. Our director assists residents in developing an individualized Plan for Self-Sufficiency that enables them to secure employment and permanent housing. If necessary, residents are provided with mental and medical health referrals, parenting classes, support groups, and other referrals that will help them overcome the issues that caused their homelessness and help them to live with independence and dignity.
Through donations and grant funding we are able to provide the following assistance to the residents who reside in our shelters and are participating in our program:
- Food, hygiene packs, cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent
- Diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex
- Gas cards
- Phone cards
- Medical and dental assistance
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication assistance
- Some car repair
- AODA assessment assistance
- Education funding
- Work clothes
- School supplies
- Utility assistance
- Rent assistance
We also supply starter kits of many of the disposable items, such as cleaning supplies and paper products, when our residents leave to move into permanent housing of their own. Northwoods also has some furniture available to furnish their homes when they leave our program.
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Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.
Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.
Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.
If you need assistance call Northwoods Homeless Shelter directly at: (715) 268-5730
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