Shelter Services meet the basic needs of individuals and families who are homeless or in transition, support family stabilization or independent living, and facilitate access to services and permanent housing.
The organization considers the unique characteristics of shelter residents when grouping people together.
Characteristics that should be considered can include the number of individuals grouped together, age, special needs, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. All service recipients should be treated according to their self-identified gender, meaning that transgender and gender non-conforming service recipients should be given access to sleeping quarters, bathroom facilities, and services based on their stated gender, not their assigned sex at birth, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
The organization maintains families as a unit and keeps sibling groups together, whenever possible.
NAThe organization does not serve families or children and youth without their parents.
When serving families with children the organization provides or arranges for recreational and educational activities that:
are appropriate to children’s ages, developmental levels, and cultures, and offer access to appropriate toys and equipment;
encourage play and physical activity; and
are provided in safe, childproofed indoor and outdoor environments.
All toys and equipment must be installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions and meet all applicable safety standards.
Activities should be sensitive to the needs of youth who identify as LGBTQ, indigenous groups, and youth with special needs.
NAThe organization does not admit families with children.