Delivering a coordinated response to homelessness locally is the goal of a new emergency shelter system in Northumberland County.
Lisa Horne, the director of Community and Social Services says the updated shelter system will incorporate best practices for homelessness diversion and will be based on the ‘Housing First’ model.
The county is requesting proposals from service providers for the delivery of innovative shelter services for the community.
Horne says emphasis will be placed on helping people experiencing chronic homelessness to secure safe, affordable and stable housing as quickly as possible.
County Warden Mark Lovshin says modernizing their emergency shelter system is another important step in delivering on their community’s commitment to achieve meaningful outcomes for those individuals and families across the entire spectrum of homelessness.
The County anticipates releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for shelter services next month.