SHELTER ASSOCIATION OF WASHTENAW COUNTY
Former homeless woman hands out phone charger kits to those in need in Ann Arbor
Ariah Schugat recently came to the Ann Arbor area and experienced these challenges. With restaurants, cafes and the Ann Arbor District Libraries closed, the pack helped keep her phone charged and, in turn, connected with those who could help. When asked why she started the project, Schugat said she wanted to spread kindness, since it is ultimately what got her off the streets. “The need is far greater than just the phone kits. Every time they come out (of jail), they’re two steps further back.”With plans to expand the project, Schugat said more funding is needed.
Ann Arbor warming shelters have limited capacity due to COVID-19 this year
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County is working to provide warming shelters, but because shelter beds are limited this year, they encourage those who need shelter to stay with a friend or family member if possible, officials said. Michigan’s weekend has snow, introduction of coldest winter air yetIn order to create a safe environment for those seeking shelter, anyone who would like to go to a warming shelter must wear a mask and social distance, shelter association officials said. Ann Arbor: If you want some spring weather optimism, here it isDaytime warming shelters are available at rotating locations this year. Before going to one of these shelters, please call the Housing Access of Washtenaw County to obtain a referral to the Delonis Center at 734-961-1999. If it is after 5 p.m., go directly to the Delonis Center and they will ensure that you are properly assisted.mlive.com
Ann Arbor allocates extra funds to help vulnerable residents with emergency needs
ANN ARBOR, MI – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on people financially, Ann Arbor officials are putting extra resources toward supporting some of the community’s most vulnerable residents. That includes an extra $62,000 for the Barrier Busters emergency assistance program and $72,000 for winter emergency shelter and warming center services through the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, which operates the Delonis Center homeless shelter in Ann Arbor and other programs. Barrier Busters is administered by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. Costs for winter warming shelter may increase due to the need for an additional location, Gillotti noted. Here’s what people think about Ann Arbor’s ‘Healthy Streets’ pilot programTarget to fill former Urban Outfitters space in downtown Ann ArborNew Ann Arbor council looks for way to keep Airbnb houses in neighborhoodsDrama, censorship and racial slur punctuate last Ann Arbor council meeting of 2020154-unit senior housing development gets Ann Arbor council’s initial OKmlive.com
Run for a good cause for Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR – Since the coronavirus broke out in Michigan, the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County has served more than 600 homeless individuals, providing temporary shelter, case management and housing. For the first time ever, the Shelter Association is hosting the Hustle for Housing virtual 5K. “You can join us in this event by walking, running, pushing a stroller, walking a dog, rollerblading, skateboarding, hiking, or you can be creative,” read a news release. “The goal is to have fun and help us continue to end homelessness one person at a time.”✉ Like what you’re reading? The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and participants are encouraged to sign up in teams to enjoy a socially distant outdoor 5K.
Winter warming shelters in Washtenaw County open ahead of schedule
The county’s main warming shelter, the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County’s Delonis Center, has cut its normal capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing. The Shelter Association also confirmed this week the receipt of additional funding that will facilitate hotel stays for medically fragile clients. This helped the shelter prioritize housing placements for its clients at the Red Roof Inn, according to Dill. Starting Monday, 25 clients staying at Red Roof Inn will be moved to other shelter accommodations. In a Facebook post on Friday, the group criticized the move to switch to warming center programming, citing the county’s approval to redevelop the Red Roof Inn site.
After 7 months without a COVID-19 case, Ann Arbor homeless shelter bracing for what’s next
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Delonis Center homeless shelter in downtown Ann Arbor hasn’t had a COVID-19 case since March when two guests tested positive. That’s one example of how much the shelter’s guests want to keep each other safe, he said. The shelter is bracing for an influx of homeless guests who are being cleared out of an Ann Arbor hotel. The Shelter Association is still looking for additional offsite congregate shelter space that can provide both daytime and nighttime accommodations heading into December. The ideal space would serve 50-75 people at one time with adequate social distancing, the Shelter Association said earlier this month.mlive.com
Dozens of homeless people staying at Ann Arbor hotel to be relocated to shelters
ANN ARBOR, MI — After weeks or months of staying in rooms at Red Roof Inn, dozens of Washtenaw County’s homeless residents are being cleared out of the Plymouth Road hotel. But that’s not the reason the hotel shelter arrangement is ending, according to one official. Gillotti said it’s her understanding the redevelopment plans for the Red Roof Inn site are on hold and the hotel will be reopening as Red Roof Inn. “This is a franchise property with no immediate plans for site development,” Red Roof Inn also said in a statement. Due to required social distancing during the pandemic, capacity has been lowered to 70, per the Washtenaw County Health Department.mlive.com
Ann Arbor awards over $117K in grants for community sustainability efforts
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is putting more of its financial resources toward community sustainability efforts. The city this week announced the following 11 Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grants totaling over $117,000. Northside Community Center: $20,000 to purchase and install battery storage at the community center tied to new onsite solar panels. Creekside Court Community Center: $12,500 to support acquisition of supplies for a new community center that will serve previously homeless families living in the new Creekside Court Community. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor celebrates launch of city’s first solar-powered ‘resilience hub’Washtenaw County sets 2030 carbon-neutral goal, takes ‘biggest step’ yet on climate changeAnn Arbor unanimously adopts ambitious roadmap to carbon-neutralitySeveral hundred units of affordable housing possible at these 9 Ann Arbor sitesNew ballot drop boxes installed at 5 outdoor locations around Ann Arbormlive.com
City of Ann Arbor awards sustainability grants to 11 community organizations
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The City of Ann Arbor has announced that Sustaining Ann Arbor Together (SA2T) grants have been awarded to 11 community-based organizations over the course of the past summer and fall. The organizations have been given grants based on their efforts to advance community sustainability, including food distribution and community lunch programs, sheltering services, literacy programs, therapeutic art programs, community play spaces and the creation of community gardens. Organizations awarded the SA2T grants are:Shelter Association of Washtenaw CountyPeace Neighborhood CenterChildren’s Literacy NetworkMichigan Ability PartnersNorthside Community CenterArrowwood Hills Community CenterBryant Community CenterCreekside Court Community CenterMiller ManorBaker CommonsAvalon Housing✉ Like what you’re reading? “The Sustaining Ann Arbor Together Grant program is an important vehicle for supporting our community’s innovation and creativity as it relates to advancing local sustainability and climate action,” said City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations manager Missy Stults in a release. The grant program has $100,000 that is divided into grants of $10,000 or less and awarded to local projects.
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County asks community for help with winter sheltering
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) is asking the public to help meet growing demands on the association and its services. But, the organization’s ability to offer its Winter Shelter Programs to those experiencing homelessness is “at risk" due to a lack of funding and shelter space, according to a release. It is looking for locations around Washtenaw County that can act as safe and socially distanced sheltering spaces. has been helped by the Washtenaw County government, the City of Ann Arbor, community individuals, businesses, local advocates and local congregations. Learn more about Shelter Association of Washtenaw County at www.annarborshelter.org/
Help those experiencing homelessness right now in Ann Arbor with these organizations
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Not sure how to help out individuals experiencing homelessness during the pandemic? These Ann Arbor organizations, communities, shelters and houses of hospitality could use your support. Here is a list of organizations around Ann Arbor helping those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Temporary locations include The Red Roof Inn, Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor and Calvary United Methodist Church. Read: Volunteers help Hope Clinic provide additional groceries, services to community membersFaith-based organizationsAround Ann Arbor, faith-based organizations have been collecting funds, giftcards, food, items and other forms of support for those experiencing homelessness.
Washtenaw County college students, organizations to participate ‘Campus Sleep-out’ to raise awareness of homelessness
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tonight, students from the University of Michigan, Concordia University and Eastern Michigan University will spend the night sleeping outside to raise awareness of the Washtenaw County homeless population. Along with raising awareness through their night outside, students will also participate in speaker talks, activities and discussion about homelessness and home-insecurity in Washtenaw County. Supported by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development and other community partners, the “Campus Sleep-out” is one event in a series of activities during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The fair will offer services and resources from community organizations such as Food Gatherers, Thrive Counseling and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Both events will be hosted by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County at the Robert J. Delonis Center at 312 W. Huron St.