The Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day and families may reside in the Shelter for a maximum of three months. The Shelter’s current capacity is twenty-eight women and children who are generally referred to PV Shelter Services by other social service agencies, schools, civic and/or religious organizations. There are occasionally density issues, and currently there is no capacity in the shelter for women with older male children (age is limited to twelve years old).
PV Shelter Services is a collaborator with several community agencies to provide coordinated case management support. Shelter residents sign a contract to abide by strict program requirements. Working with their case manager, residents develop written individual life plans to find jobs, housing, immigration assistance, counseling, education, language programs, parenting and budgeting skills and how to access community resources.
Each family is expected to save a substantial portion of their income from any source as well as establish at least five self-sufficiency goals. As a result of this “tough love” approach, approximately 75% of Shelter families move to stable housing, 70% have savings upon their departure and 65% have met at least three of the five “self-sufficiency goals.”