Dayton Daily News
Shelter will place homeless in motels if capacity is exceded
Tue Dec. 7, 10:58PM
DAYTON — Even though the St. Vincent de Paul Society has exceeded its shelter operating budget this year, it has no plans to turn people away, said Lisa Glandon, director of development and marketing for the nonprofit organization that helps the homeless and impoverished.
The organization can accommodate 458 people in its two shelters, which are open 24 hours.
The St. Vincent de Paul Gateway for Women and Families, 120 W. Apple St., can normally provide beds for 220 people, while The Gettysburg Gateway for Men, 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave., can provide 178 beds, plus 60 additional mats if there is an increase of people who need shelter due to the freezing temperatures.
St. Vincent has not yet reached the 458 mark this year, but if it does, the additional people needing shelter will be housed in motels.
“We are able to keep up with the demands, but we need the community to continue to support us,” Glandon said.
She declined to disclose the nonprofit’s operating budget, but said the organization increased the amount of revenue it obtained from approximately $8 million in 2008 to $9 million in 2009. Glandon also declined to say how much of that money was used to help operate the shelters.
In Montgomery County, the number who used shelters in 2009 decreased to 697 from 854 families in 2008, and to 1,818 from 2,372 single men in 2008, according to Joyce Probst MacAlpine, the county’s manager of housing and homeless solutions.
The numbers decreased in 2009 for single women, to 765 from 911 in 2008 and for unaccompanied youth, to 97 from 157 in 2008.
MacAlpine said she thinks the number using the shelters decreased in 2009 after the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program started in October 2009.
The county served 518 people in that program and “families that would have been homeless got assistance,” MacAlpine said. “Housing is the biggest focus in our 10-year plan of ending homelessness.”
Youth numbers have decreased due to the changes in respite care for Montgomery County Juvenile Courts, which resulted in less youths being sent to Daybreak, an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youths, MacAlpine said.