This past week, Bartlett Housing Solutions suffered a huge setback as our Triage Shelter was hit by a severe storm microburst and now has extensive damage to the roof and facility. Last year, we relocated our Triage Shelter to Hazel’s House of Hope, previously the Ramada Inn, to better serve our homeless community. The triage shelter provides support and services to some of our most vulnerable individuals facing homelessness, and serves as their first step towards help, assistance and recovery. We are extremely grateful that no one was physically injured during the storm.
To read more on the storm and damage, please visit the following media links:
Our entire Bartlett team is working diligently to continue to support our clients to the best of our ability. However, at this time, our Triage Shelter will be closed until further notice. Our existing clients will continue to be served through our facility located on West Run Road.
But now we need your help! The damage has forced us to find additional means and resources for serving our homeless community, which is currently averaging $1,000/night to house those displaced by the storm. We are determined to continue our mission of taking care of our residents, but only have limited resources.
We are asking for donations to help us continue to serve and assist our homeless community, who are already facing a number of challenges and obstacles. We ask you to please give what you can, share our request with anyone you know who might be able to help, either through direct giving or sharing on social media.
We are so grateful for any way you can help.
From all of us at Bartlett Housing Solutions, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the first responders who arrived at the shelter to provide assistance including our firefighters, paramedics and police officers. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Monongalia County Board of Education for providing a bus to assist in transporting our residents to our temporary housing, as well as The Salvation Army and Community Kitchen for their ongoing assistance in preparing hot meals that we can deliver to our clients. We would also like to share our appreciation for Morgantown’s Deputy Mayor Danielle Trumble and Tom Bloom for their immediate response and assistance.
We would also like to acknowledge and say thank you to Community Kitchen, Pantry Plus More, The Salvation Army and numerous community members for preparing hot meals, donating food and supplies for our clients that were displaced from our Triage Shelter.
Our team has been working non-stop to help deliver all of the items to our clients, who appreciate the generosity more than we can describe. We cannot thank our community enough for those that have stepped up to help in so many ways.
Bartlett Housing Solutions triage center is now open at the old Ramada Inn location in Morgantown. Substantial roof damage at the previous location downtown made it impossible to stay there, and since mid-march, the triage center has been open 24 hours a day at their new location on Scott Avenue.
Bartlett occupies the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the north wing of the building, with over 14,000 square feet of space and 28 beds in the triage center.
Keri DeMasi, Executive Director of Bartlett Housing Solutions, taked to WBOY about the changes.
It’s a brand new property that allows us to have a little more capacity in our shelter. But it also affords us the ability to offer additional rental housing units, which we have on the upper floors, the third and fourth floors of that property.
If you’re an individual in need of housing, call Bartlett Housing Solutions coordinated entry intake at (833) 722-2014. If you’re an individual with children and have nowhere to stay tonight, call our client services coordinator at (304) 292-0101.
This November, we ask that you join us in a month of thankfulness & giving. With the winter months upon us, we ask for your help in stocking our pantry with canned veggies. On average, our team prepares 25 cans of vegetables per day, 7 days per week, resulting in a need for at least 700 cans each month. Any help or support is greatly appreciated, and reinforces our mission to provide an end to homelessness, even if that means one person at a time.
Given everything else going on around us, we’ve made it easier than ever to donate, or even to start your own fundraising drive!
Visit our Canned Vegetable Drive page here, and click “Start a Fundraiser” in the panel on the right. Then you can set your own fundraising goal, and get a custom page to share on your social media and with your family and friends.
If you’d prefer, you can donate directly from the Canned Vegetable Drive page, or you can drop off your donation in person at any of these participating locations:
Thank you so much!
Bartlett Housing Solutions today introduces several policy and procedural changes to positively impact the operations of the organization. The Executive Director and Board of Directors of Bartlett House, Inc., are committed to maintaining a safe, diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We remain steadfast in our belief that no form of discrimination, harassment, or inappropriate conduct is tolerated by anyone in our facilities. Accordingly, to continue to encourage all individuals who utilize our services and facilities to report any discrimination, harassment, and other misconduct that they may experience or witness as well as emphasize that retaliation for making such a complaint is prohibited, we are updating our existing Client Grievance Policy and Procedure in the following ways:
Also, in addition to our existing in-house training, all Bartlett House staff and volunteers will receive additional training provided by an independent third party concerning dual relationships, discrimination, harassment, other misconduct, and retaliation which will include a review of our Code of Conduct and other applicable policies prohibiting the same. The Executive Director and the Board of Directors will also receive training by an independent third party on conducting employee investigations with respect to discrimination, harassment, and other misconduct.
We are taking these steps to continue to ensure that all people experiencing homelessness have a safe and accessible shelter available to them as well as continue to provide mechanism through which they are comfortable to report any discrimination, harassment or other inappropriate conduct so that it can be investigated and addressed, if needed.
Utilizing the Housing First model Bartlett Housing Solutions staff arrange for emergency, bridge, or supportive housing for homeless individuals who have insufficient resources to provide for these necessities. We believe there is a solution to homelessness – and it is affordable, sustainable housing!
Bartlett Housing Solutions has been facing the challenge of homelessness for more than three decades. Yes, there will continue to be people who must leave home because of eviction, emergencies, as well as those who simply face individual challenges that make the transition to independent living difficult. But, actually ending homelessness means something different – it means ensuring housing stability so that everyone has access to affordable, safe, accessible, and appropriate housing. Ending homelessness means doing things differently than we have been when it comes to addressing the problem of homelessness in our community.
Housing First does not mean” Housing Only.” While a Housing First approach prioritizes housing as a solution, it is only achieved with the appropriate blend of services and supports that make it possible for each individual to succeed, on a case-by-case basis. In the end, Housing first is the only evidence-based, proven practice endorsed by the Housing and Urban Development Fund for providers who work in the field of homelessness. To succeed, we must all get on the same page and work together.
Want to learn more? Here are some great resources:
Housing First in Permanent Supportive Brief
This brief provides an overview of the principles and core components of the Housing First model. It also provides information to permanent supportive housing providers about how they can implement a Housing First approach if they are not already doing so. Housing First is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment, or service participation requirements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness as opposed to addressing predetermined treatment goals before permanent housing entry.
USICH Housing First Checklist
This checklist was designed to help you make a quick assessment of whether and to what degree housing programs — and entire systems — are employing a Housing First approach. Robust tools and instruments are available elsewhere to quantitatively measure program quality and fidelity to Housing First. This tool is not meant to take the place of those more rigorous assessments, but is intended to help Continuums of Care, private housing and services providers, funders, and other stakeholders to communicate about, and quickly assess, alignment with crucial Housing First approaches.
OrgCode works around the world to help end homelessness. They are located throughout the United States and Canada. They see firsthand and influence firsthand hundreds of communities each year. To learn more about homelessness from some of the best in the field on a vast range of handing topics on homelessness, go to: https://www.orgcode.com/learn
The goal of the WV Coalition to End Homelessness is to end homelessness in our state, and their focus is on communities. They can provide the tools to arm communities with strategies to get this accomplished.
Please visit: The West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, by working in close partnership with senior leaders across 19 federal member agencies. By organizing and supporting leaders such as Governors, Mayors, Continuum of Care leaders, and other local officials, they drive action to achieve the goals of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness—and ensure that homelessness in America is ended once and for all.
Download Files at: https://www.usich.gov/solutions/
Here’s a great article on Solutions to Homelessness by USICH: https://www.usich.gov/solutions/
National Alliance to End Homelessness Resources and Facts
The Alliance has developed a series of fact sheets, Fact Checkers and Explainers, to answer common and frequent questions about homelessness policy and research. All fact sheets draw on the best expertise, data, and research available.
Institute for Children and Poverty
An independent research and policy think tank that conducts national research on the causes of family homelessness, the demographics of this growing population, and the programs most effective in assisting homeless families to transition to stability and self-sufficiency.
National Center for Homeless Education
Provides numerous resources on homeless children and youth, resources for advocates, etc.
National Center on Family Homelessness
A non-profit organization working towards long-term solutions that help homeless families become self-supporting and active participants in community life.
National Coalition for the Homeless
A national advocacy network of homeless persons, activities, service providers and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
(NCHV) – provides legislative advocacy, public education and technical assistance for service providers of homeless veterans.
National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness
A coalition of students and community members across the country working to end hunger and homelessness through service projects and action.
Coalition on Human Needs
The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable people.
Follow OrgCodes blog on a wide variety of topics at: https://www.orgcode.com/blog
When you suspect abuse or neglect, you should report your concerns to us and to the county office of the Department of Health and Human Resources where you live. Reports can also be made to the Abuse and Neglect Hotline ( 1-800-352-6513 ) 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
For more information: Visit Here
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources
State Capitol Complex, Building 3 Room 206
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-0684
Fax: (304) 558-1130
Update, June 23, 2020: Bartlett Housing Solutions has transitioned from our initial COVID-19 operational standard to a more precautionary status, as our surrounding communities begin to reopen. However, our staff and residents are still required to uphold many of the operational standards initially implemented. We continue to hold the health and well-being of our residents and staff as our highest priority.
If you have questions regarding our COVID-19 Operational Standards, please contact our Executive Director at 304-292.0101.
April 2020: As our nation faces one of the most difficult times in recent history, Bartlett Housing Solutions is taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both our residents and our staff. As of March 16, 2020, both of our facilities are on lockdown. All clients are told to shelter in place. Staff efforts are focused on providing 24-hour coverage at both facilities as well as coordinating food and supplies to bring in to our clients. Provisions have also been made to go out and pick up needed items, including medications for our clients.
In addition, the additional operational changes have been implemented:
At this time, we cannot allow clients to leave the facilities and return. If clients leave, they will not be permitted to return. Similarly, we cannot take any new clients at the shelter at this time. Please understand that these difficult decisions were made to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
December 31, 2019
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