The goal of the Siouxland Street Project is to determine how we, as a compassionate community, effectively deal with the issue of vagrancy in Sioux City. Participants in the project include members of the business community, local government, law enforcement, nonprofit and service agencies, Native community membership, medical and public health sectors, education and funders, among others. The project aims to expand on the utilization of local community resources and assets, such as shelters, missions, food assistance programs, mental health programs, recovery centers, and hospitals in order to address the issue of vagrancy/homelessness in Sioux City.
The Siouxland Street Project is a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations that serves to coordinate services provided to homeless individuals and to promote safe, decent, affordable, appropriate housing. This will result in a healthy, viable community that has safe shelter, housing, and provides compassionate services through information, funding and networking.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LAST UPDATED 1-5-18
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR POINT IN TIME COUNT!
The Point In Time (PIT) count is annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. The PIT count in Woodbury County and Dakota County will take place on January 31, 2018 from 6 PM – 9 PM. To sign up as a volunteer or for more information, please contact Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephanie (email@example.com) with the Institute for Community Alliances.
BLESSING BAGS AVAILABLE AT SSC LIBRARY
Everyone needs help now and again! Blessing bags contain a variety of products hygienic and otherwise. There are bags for men, women and a general bag. Blessing bags can be picked up once a month at the South Sioux City Library – located at 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City Nebraska. Anyone with questions can call the Library at 402-494-7545.
HOW TO REFER A HOMELESS PERSON TO SERVICES (ACCESS POINTS)
If you encounter someone experiencing a housing crisis in Siouxland, you may use the guide below to refer them to services that are also access points in the Coordinated Entry system. Questions can be directed to Stephanie at Community Alliances: firstname.lastname@example.org. Access Point Guide
WARMING SHELTER & DAY SHELTER OPEN FOR 2017-18 SEASON
The Warming Shelter, which now includes Day Shelter services, has opened for the season. Download the informational brochure here.
DETOX COMMITTEE VISITS RAPID CITY DETOX CENTER
Detox Committee member and Community Advocate Frank LaMere summarizes the visit in this letter to the Siouxland Street Project: Frank LaMere summary of Rapid City Detox trip 9-11-17
SEPTEMBER 26TH COMMUNITY MEETING MINUTES
The minutes from the Siouxland Street Project Community Meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 26th are now posted! Siouxland Street Project Minutes 9-26-17.
COORDINATED ENTRY – A COMMUNITY EFFORT
Stephanie Pickinpaugh and Allison Larson with the Institute for Community Alliances shared a PowerPoint about the Coordinated Entry system that is being implemented at the September 26th community meeting. See the PowerPoint here: Coordinated Entry overview.
If you have any questions, please call Stephanie Pickinpaugh 712.252.1861 ext. 42 or Allison Larson 712.252.1861 ext. 43
Coordinated Entry (CE) helps communities assess the needs of individuals, prioritize their need for housing and the type of housing that would best serve them. Assessment and placement is based on vulnerability and severity of their needs. Often, individuals face long waiting times to receive assistance or are screened out of needed assistance. Utilizing a standardized intake process, access to services occurs more quickly. Coordinated Entry also offers evidence of gaps in service to more effectively eliminate homelessness.
DAY SHELTER OF SIOUXLAND – UPDATE 6/20/2017
The DAY SHELTER OF SIOUXLAND was a pilot project that opened its doors to the homeless of the Siouxland area during the daytime hours of 8:30 – 4:30 in the spring of 2017 (April 3rd – May 3rd). Previously, residents of the Warming Shelter had very few options for places to go during the day (Warming Shelter is open evenings to prevent the homeless from freezing to death during the winter season). The shelter was located in the Soup Kitchen at 717 West 7th Street. The Day Shelter averaged 27 individuals per day during the trial period. To see more of the outcomes of this pilot project, download the final report: Day Shelter of Siouxland – Trial Period 2017 Final Report. This project was made possible by Mercy Medical Center, Leadership Siouxland, the Soup Kitchen and the Warming Shelter. Moving forward, the Day Shelter of Siouxland will be a merged effort with the Warming Shelter, and hopes to open its doors again on November 1, 2017 for the winter season. Your donations can help! If you or your business would like to donate to the Day Shelter of Siouxland, please send a check to: The Day Shelter of Siouxland C/O the Warming Shelter, Inc. PO Box 3643, Sioux City, Iowa 51102. Donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a letter back for tax purposes. For more information, please download the letter here:
The Siouxland Street Project now has a public service announcement airing on all Siouxland broadcast networks (KTIV, KCAU, KMEG & KPTH) as well as Cable ONE! THANK YOU to the members of the community that braved the cold weather to participate in the shoot for this PSA, to Anne Westra of the City of Sioux City and Captain Lisa Claeys of the Sioux City Police Department for coordinating this effort, to KTIV for the production of this spot, and to all of our media partners for donating air time to this worthy cause!
The Siouxland Street Project Interviews
In February and March of 2016, 10 volunteers with human services experience and training interviewed 97 homeless and very poor people that spend the majority of their time in public places in Sioux City. The purpose of these confidential, 60-question interviews was to better understand the experiences and characteristics of this population. This project was sponsored by Mercy Medical Center. View and download the Executive Summary and full report here:
Next meeting: May 2017 (date, time and location to be determined)
The Siouxland Street Project currently has the following six subcommittees:
If you are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact Matt Ohman at email@example.com.