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Q18. What are the requirements to stay in the GRACE shelter?

This is a question from our Q&A series connected by Infotech. 

As a low-barrier shelter, our only requirement for shelter guests is that they work on a housing plan, to the best of their ability, with the support of our team. We start with a basic 30-day stay, and as long as someone is making progress toward that housing plan, their stay is extended.

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Q1. What is a diversion?

This is a question from our Q&A series connected by Infotech.

A diversion is a service that attempts to get someone the help they need - safe housing - before they enter the shelter system. It’s a process to help people uncover resources and opportunities they may not know they have available to them. Using motivational interviewing techniques and a script to explore alternatives, we can learn where someone stayed previously, what it would take to keep them there, and what other options might exist.

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What is a low barrier shelter?

This is a question from our Q&A series connected by Infotech. 

Low-barrier shelters are built around the idea that programs should fit the needs of the people they serve, rather than trying to make the people served fit the needs of the program. As the only low-barrier shelter in North Florida, GRACE serves our guests regardless of whether someone has income, or is struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues. 

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Does substance abuse cause homelessness?

This is a question from our Q&A series connected by Infotech. 

Homeless people have only one thing in common: the lack of safe, affordable housing. Beyond that, many of the things we've historically associated with homelessness, like substance abuse and mental health issues, play a role for some individuals, but generally don't cause homelessness. That said, misuse of drugs and alcohol can make it difficult for people to obtain and maintain housing, and put those individuals at greater risk for homelessness (Moxley, et al., 2020). 

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GRACE announces voluntary quarantine in response to spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Effective March 20, 2020 at 7p, GRACE has announced a voluntary quarantine for its 25-acre homeless services campus at 3055 NE 28th Dr. At this time, GRACE has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. These are proactive steps designed with the safety of our staff, our guests, and our community in mind. 

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Satchel’s awards $12,000 to GRACE with a Satch Capital Grant

Satchel’s Pizza is proud to award their 2019 Satch Capital Grant award to GRACE, a project of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry. GRACE will use the award to purchase a box truck to deliver furniture to people as they move into housing.

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What's going on with Dignity Village?

Dignity Village, the 200+ person homeless camp operated by the City of Gainesville, will close at the end of the year, and be replaced with a temporary campground focused entirely on moving campers into affordable housing.

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Punk Music Festival, Bands + Local Businesses Support GRACE

Now in its 18th year, THE FEST is an independent multi-day underground music festival held in Gainesville. This year, FEST is donating $1 from every FEST pass directly to GRACE! You can also find this very punk Black Flag inspired "End Homelessness" for sale in their Merch Store (and yes, all proceeds benefit our work ending homelessness)! 

But that's not all! The ink masters at Anthem Tattoo have reached out to FEST bands to gather autographed LPs, special merch, and other special prizes to giveaway via an online raffle. To learn more and enter to win visit: grace.rallyup.com/fest18 

 

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Hurricane Dorian Updates

GRACE has resumed normal operating procedures. Our emergency storm shelter is now closed. Click here for more details. 

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Ending Homelessness is Possible: A Five-Year Report

GRACE is thrilled to present our five-year report, "Ending Homelessness is Possible," released in June 2019. The report describes our programs, services, community impact, financials, and - best of all - the exciting work ahead! 

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."

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