Capable of housing 40 individuals, the Village consists of five Conex shipping containers retrofitted into double rooms, capable of housing up to 40 chronically homeless individuals and their pets for up to 90 days. Located at 801 W. Washington St. in Eureka, the Village provides emergency housing and case management services to residents. In addition, residents have access to all Day Center services. Every day, Betty provides three meals for residents. As a long term program, the Village fosters community bonding and new hope for the future. In its two years of operation, May 1, 2016 to May 1, 2018, 432 people have been served.
Many amenities often taken for granted can have a tremendous impact on one's sense of comfort and self worth, which is an essential prerequisite for addressing the complex trauma that often accompanies homelessness. As such, the Village strives to provide a comforting yet firm hand in supporting its residents through a multitude of activities.
Weekly community meetings
Weekly movie nights
Weekly visit from the Traveling Library
Weekly haircuts from a professional hairdresser
Voluntary weekly Community Clean Up group
Staff and residents maintain a community garden & lending library
Volunteers wash the resident's laundry multiple times a week
Based on the most recent Quarterly Report, 83 individuals have utilized the Village from April 1 to June 30, 2018. The following reflects data from this time period.
Identification Cards & Birth Certificates: The majority of our residents have experienced chronic homelessness for 5-10+ years and many lack basic identification documents.
13 individuals (15.6%) obtained an ID card, birth certificate, social security card, or some combination of the three
Medical Interventions: People living on the streets are often exposed to harmful weather conditions, malnutrition, communicable diseases, and violence which create/exacerbate health problems.
34 individuals (40.9%) have received medical care from doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and other specialized health care professionals
Mental Health Services: The experience of homelessness is inherently traumatizing, and many of our residents struggle with mental health issues that interfere with essential aspects of their daily lives.
19 individuals (22.8%) have established or re-established mental health services
Substance Abuse Services: Substance abuse is often a cause as well as an effect of homelessness, and can present a significant barrier to obtaining stable employment and housing.
7 individuals (8.4%) have entered into substance abuse treatment program
Employment: Employment opportunities are essential to reducing and ending homelessness by promoting self esteem and facilitating self sufficiency.
46 individuals (55.4%) have gained employment
Housing: The cycle of homelessness ends when a person is able to maintain permanent housing.
39 individuals (46.9%) have acquired housing and are no longer experiencing homelessness
Other Benefits: 79 individuals (95.2%) have received other resources and benefits such as
Government subsidized cell phones
Harm reduction resources
Enrollment in GED and college courses
Exits & Animals
Based off the most recent Quarterly Report, 80 individuals have utilized the Village from April 1-June 30, 2018. The following reflects data from this time period.
Voluntary Exits: 2 individuals (2.4%)
Involuntary Exits: 9 individuals (10.8%) exited for rule violations
Clients with dogs: Dogs provide emotional support, companionship, warmth, and security to people living on the street. However, they also present a significant barrier to services because many shelters do not allow dogs.
13 dogs have been treated with a wide range of veterinary care (ie. rabies and distemper vaccinations, flea and tick medication, spay and neuter operations)