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Family Shelter Columbia SC

2411 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204
803-771-7040




Class of Housing: family shelter.

General Information:

The mission of the Family Shelter is to provide emergency food, shelter, resources, and hope to homeless families with children in the Midlands area.

Provides emergency shelter, transitional housing.

he Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to fifteen families at a time. We have two dormitories, Midtown and Bills House, in which each family has their own room furnished with beds, cribs if needed, and a dresser to store their clothing. Linens and towels are given to each family to use in their room and are generously donated by members of the community. Families are able to stay in emergency housing for up to four months while they are searching for stable housing, employment, childcare, and other important resources.
Services Provided to Clients

    Baby Items
    Budgeting Assistance
    Bus Tickets
    Case Management
    Childcare Assistance
    Clothing Vouchers
    Counseling
    Meals
    Housing Search
    Hygiene Items
    Internet Access
    Job Search
    Laundry Facilities
    Life Skills Training
    Mail Service Medicine
    Referral Services
    Special Events & Activities
    Telephone Access
    Transitional Housing

Intake Process

When a family contacts Family Shelter seeking assistance, they are entered into our database and as vacancies occur we match families with available rooms. All applicants must pass a drug and alcohol screening and a criminal background check before they are admitted into Family Shelter. Once a family is admitted, the Case Manager assists them in setting goals to achieve self-sufficiency. Families can stay for up to four months at Family Shelter; however, the length of stay is determined by each family’s participation in working to address the circumstances that lead to their homelessness as well as their compliance with Family Shelter rules and policies.

Families with little or no income are provided with baby supplies, personal care items, over the counter medication, city bus tickets, and other items made available through grants and donations from the community. Parents are expected to attend case management meetings, as well as participate in bi-weekly evaluations to address any challenges to their efforts to regain independence. Additionally, Life Skills classes held twice a week are mandatory for parents who are unemployed and optional for parents who are employed.

Transitional Housing

Our transitional housing consists of eight apartment units and is for former residents of Family Shelter’s emergency shelter program and for qualified applicants referred by partner agencies in the community. Families entering the transitional housing program continue working toward independence and stability. Families pay monthly rent based on a sliding scale and continue to receive supportive services provided by Family Shelter. Families can stay in the transitional housing units from six months to two years, depending on the family’s goal and needs.

Many families who enter the transitional housing program were unable to secure rental housing in the private market due to bad credit, eviction history, or criminal backgrounds. However, after building a positive rental history with Family Shelter as a responsible tenant, landlords and rental companies are often willing to reconsider our residents’ applications for housing.


Website: http://www.familysheltersc.org/

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Helpful Definitions For Family Shelter Columbia SC:

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.
How To Volunteer at Family Shelter Columbia SC:

Be a volunteer. Call Family Shelter Columbia SC at 803-771-7040 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:

ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.





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