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Haven for Hope Looks To Expand Operations Outside San Antonio

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Haven for Hope in San Antonio is expanding its “one-stop-shop” homeless services model to assist the neighboring cities of Balcones Heights and Leon Valley, according to a report by KENS 5:

“… Bexar County commissioners greenlit $110,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds to go toward Haven’s hiring of two outreach coordinators. In addition, Leon Valley committed $40,000 for the initiative.

“’We want our unsheltered neighbors to know there are resources available to help them,’ said Terri Behling, Haven for Hope director of communications. ‘We will be advertising for those outreach workers, get them trained up and hopefully get them out there as soon as possible.’

“The concept of the pilot program was approved in the winter. Now the contract is finalized.

“Haven for Hope, the San Antonio area’s largest shelter and provider of homeless resources, continues to operate over capacity.

“Homelessness among sheltered and unsheltered individuals is up nearly 7% compared to last year across San Antonio and Bexar County, according to data from the Point-in-Time Count conducted in January. Families with children made up 18% of the total count. At the same time, 73% of the homeless population is sheltered.

“Haven for Hope has coordinated with community partners including the City of Leon Valley as it relates on addressing a growing presence of homeless people in the northwestern San Antonio enclave.”

To read the entire article by KENS 5, please click HERE.

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