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 (allison.larson@icalliances.org) or Stephanie (stepahnie.pickinpaugh@icalliances.org) with the Institute for Community Alliances.

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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.

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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. 

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.

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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. This project was made possible by Mercy Medical CenterLeadership 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:

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