PACEM in the News

Local agencies shock Charlottesville City Council members with latest data on the number of folks experiencing homelessness

Charlottesville Tomorrow, 6/21/2024: Charlottesville City Councilor’s faces were stoic Monday afternoon as representatives from local homeless service agencies presented a startling update on the state of homelessness in the area. The news wasn’t good: On any given day, their best estimates are that around 200 people in the community are experiencing homelessness, and there are … Continue reading “Local agencies shock Charlottesville City Council members with latest data on the number of folks experiencing homelessness”

A seasonal shelter in Charlottesville is serving more people than ever – which presents challenges now that it’s closed

Charlottesville Tomorrow, 4/24/24: Robert already had a plan for what he’d do when the shelter closed. On Saturday, April 13, he’d wake up on a sleeping pad on the Trinity Presbyterian rec room floor. He’d pack his bag, head out the door and into a van that brought him from the church on Fontaine Avenue … Continue reading “A seasonal shelter in Charlottesville is serving more people than ever – which presents challenges now that it’s closed”

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”

Shelter will shut down for affordable housing construction

C-ville Weekly: After purchasing the Red Carpet Inn off Route 29 in Albemarle County last March, the Piedmont Housing Alliance renovated the 40-year-old rundown motel, and transformed it into an emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness, thanks to a $4.25 million grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Since the low-barrier shelter—managed by People and … Continue reading “Shelter will shut down for affordable housing construction”

Emergency shelter options for people experiencing homelessness

CBS 19: In Charlottesville, people who are experiencing homelessness have emergency shelter options. There are three organizations that are providing shelter this winter season: People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM), the Salvation Army, and the Haven. Each organization offers different shelter accommodations.   PACEM provides seasonal shelter for 25 people from roughly 5 p.m. … Continue reading “Emergency shelter options for people experiencing homelessness”