The Shepherd’s House in Bend has secured a new location for a warming shelter this winter.
An old Opportunity Foundation thrift store on 2nd Street will be renovated to house up to 70 people each night – a jump from last year’s shelter that could only house 48 people.
The 10,000-square-foot shelter is a joint venture with the City of Bend, Deschutes County, and the Homeless Leadership Coalition.
The City of Bend will fund the shelter with $600,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Dave Notari, Director of Development, Shepherd’s House Ministries, said the hope is to open for 22 weeks beginning in late November or early December.
It will be open to men, women and families, Notari said, and will provide hot meals every morning and night.
Notari says it’s an ideal spot for both its size and accessibility.
“It’s close to the transportation corridors, so right down 3rd Street. It’s off of 2nd Street,” Notari said. “Close to grocery stores for them, it’s not too far from medical facilities, and it’s in a non-neighborhood area. So those things really add up to an ideal spot for us.”
The Shepherd’s House will provide blankets, sleeping bags, and food.
Notari hopes the shelter will provide more than just a place to stay and hot meals.
“Mental health services, they can get medical assistance as they need it,” Notari said. “And so as the homeless come in and they have these needs, we are hoping to resource them on a deeper level than we have in the past.”