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City opens first emergency shelter for single women

City leaders joined those who will operate the St. Joseph Missions Women's Shelter for its...
City leaders joined those who will operate the St. Joseph Missions Women's Shelter for its opening.(City of Fort Wayne)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 12:49 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - City officials celebrated the opening of St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter Thursday, the first of its kind in The Fort to provide services for single homeless women.

Shelters already established and designed for women have served those with children. The new facility, in the 3500 block of Lake Avenue, aims to help women who do hot have dependents, including those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or who have ended an abusive relationship.

The St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter is currently hosting 14 guests, each of whom has access to various services through partnerships with other community agencies.

The shelter received support from the Region 3 Planning Council on Homelessness, and the City’s Community Development Division’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. Funds from the US of Housing and Urban Development were used to assist the nonprofit St. Joseph Missions in its renovations to the existing building, and local businesses and community volunteers donated architectural/engineering expertise, skilled labor and essential materials to the project.

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