Bell Shelter operates a comprehensive program that offers interim housing with supportive services for up to 500 single men and women who are experiencing homelessness. Our primary goals are to meet the emergency needs of our clients and to address the underlying issues that contributed to their homeless condition by supporting their achievement of a higher quality of life through greater self-reliance, increased income, and increased housing stability. Services offered include: low barrier crisis housing; bridge and transitional housing; state-licensed substance abuse treatment; individualized case management; specialized veterans programs; individual and group therapy & referrals for mental health services; on-site mobile clinic & medical referrals; staff nurse, medication management, and communicable disease education; library and computer access for job and housing searches; vocational assistance & job referrals: life skills classes; housing placement assistance; and neurofeedback clinic. The newly opened Donald and Priscilla Hunt Apartments at Bell Oasis provide 64 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals with disabilities who were formerly homeless.
To meet the needs of the homeless population by addressing the myriad of reasons why people become homeless and assisting them in developing a higher quality of life through independence.
It is estimated that more than fifty percent of men and women living on the streets suffer from mental illnesses. For many, their condition is compounded by alcohol and substance abuse/addiction.
They often do not receive even the basic services once provided by psychiatric hospitals, these individuals have joined the ranks of the homeless.