PACEM’s shelters open on November 7 this year (2020) October and will remain open through the end of March. Our shelter season spans the time of year when the risk of freezing to death is real for those sleeping on the streets. Our shelters will host as many as 25 men and 10 women each night.
Our Role as a Community Safety Net
PACEM’s shelters are “Last Resort,” a place to go when a person is seeking shelter and has no other options. As a result, we are sometimes required to help individuals recognize that they have other choices. Below are some of the reasons why a guest may be referred elsewhere, encouraged to move forward, or assigned a limited length of stay:
- they are eligible to stay at the Salvation Army and there are open beds;
- they have family or friends they can stay with and we know of no reason that this is not a safe alternative;
- they have voluntarily left another shelter within the last 30 days;
- they have support resources such as a social worker in another community.
Coming to PACEM
PACEM’s congregate shelters are opening on November 7 for the 2020-2021 regular season. We are also partnering with the community to manage DHCD-funded hotel vouchers as a response to the public health crisis around COVID-19. Individuals in need of shelter should screen for eligibility through The Haven at 112 W Market St., or by calling 434-973-1234.
More than just shelter: PACEM helps homeless people move from street to home
PACEM can help you move back into the community and out of our shelters. Our Case Manager/Advocate will work with you, meeting with you one-on-one at least every 14 days. Our goal is to help you along the path from Street to Home. Homes can include private, market rate rental apartments, moving back in with family and friends, public housing, nursing homes, and assisted living. In addition to assisting with stable housing, we help guests get into a more structured shelter with work and/or sobriety requirements and guide them as they reconnect with their family support network.
Other Help Available
The Haven Day Shelter provides showers, breakfast, and laundry facilities from 7am-12pm/1-5pm Monday-Sunday. The Haven also manages our community’s Rapid Rehousing and Prevention Assistance.
Region Ten works to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.
The Crossings is a mixed-income community in which 30 of the 60 studio apartments are designated for permanent supportive housing community for formerly homeless individuals and the other 30 are for those whose incomes are 50% or less of the area median income.
Central Virginia Health Services is a non-profit community health center with Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status. CVHS started in 1970 as a community based and patient-directed organization focused on providing care to people with limited access to the health services they need.
On Our Own provides peer to peer support providing mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services for individuals who acknowledge having significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who are seeking to take responsibility for their own growth and recovery while supporting each other.
The City of Charlottesville Downtown Job Center, located in the Lower Level of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, is a resource for employment services, offering assistance with job searches or resume writing.
Partner for Mental Health provides connections, education, and advocacy for individuals, family members, clinicians, and other stakeholders to promote mental health and support recovery.
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) offers career assistance for job seekers, employment services for veterans, as well as unemployment benefits and other programs designed to assist with employment.
The Jefferson Area Board for the Ageing (JABA) offers senior housing and aging services, health, geriatric and Alzheimers care for seniors and their families in Charlottesville, and the outlying counties.