“People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.”
Each evening, the men’s shelter opens its doors to adult males seeking shelter. The Salvation Army serving Manatee County has capacity to provide lodging for 110 men each evening. The shelter offers both emergency overnight stay and long-term case management programs to link clients to community resources and meet the goal of finding long-term, sustainable housing.
The overnight emergency shelter begins intake daily at 6 pm. Manatee County residents receive seven free shelter nights. Once the seven nights have been used, a fee of $10 per night is charged.
Individuals seeking additional assistance may enroll in a shelter program. Each client works with a case manager to develop a case plan outlining goals and objectives. Goals and objectives contribute to the overall goal of finding sustainable housing. For example, clients participate in life skills classes on budgeting and personal finance. Links to other community resources such as medical and dental care or legal aid are also provided. Our four separate programs serve different demographic groups.
- Turning Points – This program requires participants obtain employment and save money before seeking sustainable housing.
- Turning Points Plus – Programs designed for men ages 55 and older to assist with stable long-term housing for those on fixed incomes.
- Veteran’s Program – Offered in conjunction with the Veteran’s Administration, provides emergency housing for veterans for 30 days until a long-term solution is found.
- Department of Corrections – Aids in the transition back to independent living for those recently released from prison.
- Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) – Allows men waiting for a bed at the ARC to stay in shelter. Once transferred to the ARC, men receive six months of substance abuse counseling.
For more information on the men’s shelter, please call 941-748-5110 and ask for extension 134.