Shelter receives $145,000 grant for new program

Shelter receives $145,000 grant for new program

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Flagstaff Shelter Services

Flagstaff Shelter Services has received another substantial grant to fund new services for the region’s homeless population.

Vitalyst Health Foundation, in partnership with the NARBHA institute, has provided the shelter with a $145,000 grant to create an Integrated Housing-First Program to serve adults who frequent emergency rooms, jails, clinics, and other crisis services.

Vitalyst joins the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the Del E Webb Foundation as recent grant providers.

The two-year program aims to serve 1,000 adults who experience homelessness throughout the year and is based on existing models – like Circle the City in Phoenix, where people in need of frequent emergency medical services are provided with medical care as well as permanent housing through grant funding.

To effectively serve this population will depend on a close partnership between the shelter, North Country HealthCare, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, the Guidance Center and other local partners.

Representatives from these organizations will work together to form Care Teams to help participants with health insurance, housing and physical and mental health needs.

“Thanks to the funding from Vitalyst and NARBHA, and the commitment of our partners, we will be able to stabilize the acute physical and behavioral health needs of those we serve and quickly connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness with permanent housing that they have the ability to maintain,” Ross Altenbaugh, executive director of the shelter, said in a statement.

The shelter is currently undergoing its 100-day construction project, which began June 13, to increase the shelter’s capacity by 77 beds. It launched a “raise to Rise” fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 to offset costs of the expansion.

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