In search of shelter

Cville Weekly, 2/21/2024: On a cold morning following a night with temperatures in the teens, Quincy Scott and Cheryl Burroughs are among the first to gather on the benches that line the Downtown Mall. Tents, sleeping bags, and blankets are pulled snug against the transit center to take advantage of an overhang that juts out … Continue reading “In search of shelter”

As chronic homelessness rises in the Charlottesville area, one type of housing that can help has been delayed because of rising construction costs

Charlottesville Tomorrow, 2/20/2024: Despite receiving funding from both the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the next phase of the Premier Circle low-cost housing project is delayed once more.  Virginia Supportive Housing won’t be able to start building its 80 units of permanent supportive housing until summer, said Julie Anderson, director of real estate development … Continue reading “As chronic homelessness rises in the Charlottesville area, one type of housing that can help has been delayed because of rising construction costs”

PRESS RELEASE: PACEM to open emergency shelter early

PACEM is opening its 20th winter shelter season a week early on October 21, 2023, thanks to the generosity of Charlottesville First United Methodist Church and support from our community of faith partners, the PATH Team, the Salvation Army, and the City of Charlottesville. This collaborative effort helps relieve encampment congestion in Market Street Park … Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE: PACEM to open emergency shelter early”

Charlottesville had — and lost — a shelter that social workers say could have helped hundreds of unhoused people off the streets

Charlottesville Tomorrow: Market Street Park has looked a little different the past couple of weeks. What was once a mostly empty greenspace has become a bustling community of people — living in tents. They’re singing songs, smoking cigarettes (and other things), playing and “knighting” one another with plastic swords, sharing meals and creating lots of … Continue reading “Charlottesville had — and lost — a shelter that social workers say could have helped hundreds of unhoused people off the streets”

Charlottesville’s only homeless shelter for elderly and seriously ill people is about to close, but construction of the housing that will go up in its place has been postponed

Charlottesville Tomorrow: A plan by local nonprofits to transform an old motel into 140 apartments for some of the area’s poorest people has been delayed by at least a year. The problem is the groups are short $3.6 million. About two years ago, in late 2020, five area nonprofit organizations embarked on this project, called … Continue reading “Charlottesville’s only homeless shelter for elderly and seriously ill people is about to close, but construction of the housing that will go up in its place has been postponed”

Charlottesville’s homeless shelter staff say demand for beds this winter is double what they can accommodate

Charlottesville Tomorrow: The aroma of cheesesteak subs and onion rings wafted through the rec room of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Emmet Street last Wednesday evening. About a dozen people sat around folding tables, talking about how good the food was while watching a basketball game on TV or playing cards. “This place is … Continue reading “Charlottesville’s homeless shelter staff say demand for beds this winter is double what they can accommodate”