PACEM’s shelters open in late October and 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 host as many as 45 men and 20 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
Each night between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m., individuals in need of shelter sign in at Intake at The Haven (112 West Market Street) in downtown Charlottesville. Register in advance for a bed by calling the Community Resource Line at 434-234-4490, Monday through Friday between 10am and 2pm.
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. With our help, a total of 69 individuals moved into a stable home during the 2015-16 shelter season. These homes include private, market rate rental apartments, moving back in with family and friends, public housing, nursing homes, and assisted living. In addition to those who found stable housing, we helped 20 guests get into a more structured shelter with work and/or sobriety requirements and guided 50 guests as they reconnected with their family support network.
Other Help Available
The Haven Day Shelter provides showers, breakfast, and laundry facilities from 7am-12pm Monday-Saturday and 7am-3pm on Sunday. The Haven also provides access to Homeless Rapid Rehousing, Veterans Services 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.