St. Francis House Gainesville

413 S Main St
Gainesville, FL 32601

(352) 378-9079 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Emergency Shelter, Supportive Housing, Halfway Housing, Soup Kitchen,Transitional Housing

General Information:
Provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, as well as a variety of support services Eligibility: Everyone who is homeless and hungry; families and women with children are given priority; must be single and work 20 hours/week for permanent supportive housing. Business hours are M-F 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat and Sun 8:00am-3:00pm; living facilities operate 24/7. The St. Francis House homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Gainesville, Florida provides emergency food, temporary shelter, and related support services in a safe, secure environment for people in Alachua County who, for whatever reason, find themselves homeless and hungry.  Our staff and volunteers introduce guests to many community resources available to resolve problems underlying their crisis. St. Francis House provides these services in a supportive environment where people can begin to manage their problems effectively and re-establish themselves as productive members of the community. Please contact us if you need our services or would like to volunteer or make a donation. Programs -3 meals/day for residents -lunch for 200 or more visitors, daily -emergency shelter for 35 people -60 beds during severe weather nights -transitional housing in 3 houses -33 efficiency apartments for permanent housing -transitional housing at Arbor House for single women and women with children -case management designed to address job placement, education, permanent housing, and other needs -referrals to other community resources


Helpful Definitions For St. Francis House Gainesville:
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.

Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

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