Detroit is getting a new homeless shelter for single men and women.
City leaders say it’s a major step in the fight to end homelessness. That’s because in addition to the facility being a place for folks to sleep, it will also offer job training and a health clinic offering primary care, behavioral health and dental services.
That clinic won’t just be open to residents of the shelter, the public will be welcome to come whether they’re insured or not.
Linda Little is the President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization. They’re in charge of the new shelter.
She says within 90 days, this shelter will be able to get people into temporary transitional housing and even permanent homes.
“If we could normalize the face of homelessness and make it more real, then we would have more compassion and really make it at the forefront of all that we do, that everybody deserves a safe place to live and thrive and enjoy life,” she said Thursday during a press conference.
The shelter will also have 17 beds available for medical respite for those individuals experiencing homelessness who have completed their acute hospital treatment but are too sick to be in a shelter or on the street.
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