Housing Assistance Programs

Haven Ministries assists with housing in a county lacking affordable housing

Emergency Shelter:

Haven Ministries operates an emergency winter shelter out of Kent Island United Methodist Church from October – April.  This is for men, women, and children (individuals and families) in need of emergency shelter. They are vetted whereby they must pass a background check including the sex offender registry and they must be drug/alcohol free.  The shelter is open from 6pm -7:30am daily including holidays. Each guest receives case management services that connect him or her to area resources so they can move on to safe and affordable housing.

Street Outreach:

Haven Ministries’ staff respond to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis.  The staff members go out into the community where the individual or family is located and connect them to area resources in order to avoid the individual or family from becoming homeless.

Resource Center:

Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center in the basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church that is open to the public (including our shelter guests) Monday – Friday from 8:30am -4:30pm.  The Case Managers connect people to area resources and distribute funds for emergency needs such as eviction notices, electric bills, doctor bills, and situations that cause housing insecurities.  Funds are often used to assist with housing situations to avoid homelessness.

Future Plans –  Housing Assistance Program:

Haven Ministries with the support of its executive board, church coalition, staff, business owners, community agencies, and dedicated volunteers is currently planning a long-term housing program to be located in the Kent Island area.  This long-term program will be funded by private donations made directly to Haven Ministries and enable us to offer year round services in a consistent stable environment for those experiencing housing insecurities. The program, structured similar to that of a landlord-tenant relationship, will include a process for  individuals and families to apply for the program, pass a background check, and agree to work with a case manager to transition into permanent housing. The goal of the Housing Assistance Program is to offer comprehensive resources including education, job training, and employment opportunities to give individuals and families the opportunity to stabilize, build up their resources, and successfully move on to safe and affordable housing.

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Funding for Haven Ministries comes in part through the Mid-shore Community Foundation.

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