About 15 percent of the homeless population is comprised of "chronically homeless" individuals.
This population is most vulnerable during the hottest and coldest months of the year in the Midwest. The Salvation Army offers cooling and warming stations to ensure the safety of these individuals when it's needed most, as well as short-term and long-term housing options 365 days a year.
Everyone is welcome to come to The Salvation Army to get out of the bitter cold, intense heat, heavy rains, or just to have a safe and quiet place to spend the night. With every bed also comes a nutritious meal and a clean shower.
We want to help people find a place to call home. When you need a long-term housing solution, one of our permanent housing facilities may be a good fit. Our housing options range from supportive housing facilities for seniors to apartments for vulnerable young adults learning independence. We also have complexes for homeless adults and families.
When you need a place to stay during the “in-between,” our transitional housing program offers shelter until you find a permanent place to live. If you’ve been evicted, are dealing with an addiction, face a domestic break-up or have another type of housing crisis, contact your local Salvation Army to find out what transitional housing options are available in your area.
We offer temporary housing and support services for up to six months to low-income single men and women, and some areas are able to accommodate young adults and families.
When you don’t know where the money for your next rent payment is coming from, check with your local Worship and Service Center to see if funding is available for rent assistance. This type of funding ebbs and flows, but if we can help, we will.
Our holistic, multi-faceted programs meet families where they are in life. We work with them to identify obstacles and set short-term and long-term goals, building hope as they move forward. We believe that the foundation of a family remaining together and moving forward together is paramount.
During a long, cold winter, your heat bill swells and you receive a notice from your energy provider that all utilities will be disconnected unless you can pay the overdue balance. Or, maybe a job loss forced you to choose between paying rent or paying your electric bill. You chose rent and just received an electric shut off notice. We can help. Learn more about utility assistance.
In the Midwest, the weather can be so unpredictable—constantly changing from day to day—many times extreme weather is life threatening. When temperatures can kill, many Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers will open their doors to let people warm up or cool off.
We have programs with companies who donate fans to distribute to those in need of a refreshing breeze in the summer. Sometimes we are even able to provide air conditioners to those whose health is threatened by the heat. Watch your local Salvation Army for distribution times.
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