W.C. Atkinson Men's Shelter

810 East Diamond St
Coatesville, PA 19320

(610) 380-6193 Go To Website
Class of Housing/Services: Homeless shelter and transitional housing for men.

General Information:
Located on Diamond Street, the shelter is accessed through Connect Points, a homeless referral service 800-935-3181 . The men most often remain beyond the 30 day emergency stay as they continue toward self-reliance. It is rewarding to see their progress. Historically, men find jobs (if even part-time) as their self esteem builds, they may go into treatment for addictions, or return to family. Many find their own housing and begin the long journey back to total wellness.   30 day emergency shelter for single homeless men. Extended shelter stays and transitional housing opportunities available. The 22 bed emergency - temporary shelter is the entry level of a progressive program to address the root causes of homelessness that lead men to our doors. The emergency shelter is a source of food, shelter, referral and supportive services for those who have lost most or all of their support systems. More than 200 men are sheltered annually. The shelter provides a non-threatening environment where residents may stabilize their circumstances; and discover the various support systems available and then begin to access those services within the community. Most men stay an average of 5-6 months. The residents are provided an address and telephone number, and a stable and caring environment which enhances their ability to gain employment. This process begins with case management (including but not limited to individual goal setting) provided by Building Bridges of Chester County. Case management is loosely defined as participation in any structured environment that addresses the causative factors of the individual’s homelessness. The residence sometimes also receive case management services from the VAMC treatment programs, Riverside’s out patient program, and Open Arms steps program.

Website: http://wcatkinson.org

Helpful Definitions For W.C. Atkinson Men's Shelter:
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.

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