Shelter of Flint 

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Vision: A community where everyone has the opportunity to live in safe, sustainable housing.

Mission: Safe housing, independence, and stability.

Organization Background: Shelter of Flint (SOF) is a secular nonprofit organization serving low income and homeless individuals and families in Flint and Genesee County.  Operating under the principle that housing is a basic human right, SOF works to address the growing needs of the community by offering an extensive housing program that not only provides emergency shelter, but also empowers families and individuals to achieve permanent housing of their own.

Shelter of Flint began its operations on February 1, 1983 as the Emergency Night Shelter for Women. In July of that year, SOF began to add services and programs with a stronger emphasis on children.  Services later expanded to twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and in the years that followed, the target population expanded to include male single parents and two-parent-households.

SOF has continued to grow as it has strived to meet the varied needs of the families and individuals in the community.  Originally operating on Flint’s east side, SOF was able to move to its present location in the former Cedar Street Children’s Center in 2013. Gifted the building by the Child Welfare Society of Flint, the move increased capacity from 38 shelter beds to what is now 70 shelter beds per night.

SOF works toward integrating programs and services with safe, affordable housing to help low-income and homeless individuals and families achieve independence and stability.  In addition to the family emergency shelter, SOF offers four permanent supportive housing units, case management at both the shelter and supportive housing sites, and a dedicated street outreach team that works to move individuals living unsheltered into permanent housing,

If all that is provided is emergency shelter, homelessness can simply become a revolving door. People need a support structure, coaching, and resources to regain stability. SOF’s comprehensive approach to combating homelessness is therefore intended to move clients along a continuum of care that connects families to community resources and works to solve the root cause of their homelessness. With the supportive services on offer, clients can achieve independence and permanent stability in the community.

SOF help the community move closer to the goal of significantly reducing the number of individuals experiencing homelessness by helping families:
•    Stay together in sustainable housing
•    Keep their children in school, and
•    Connect to community resources (physical health, mental health, social services, food programs, etc.) to provide to them the best foundation to move into permanent housing and move forward.

Learn more about the Shelter of Flint: https://shelterofflint.org/