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An innovative way to convert shipping containers led to a way to address homelessness for people in Newark.

Newark Homeless Shelter Made from Converted Shipping Containers

Shipping Containers

“If this poster were a homeless youth, most people wouldn’t even bother to look down” – Poster strategically placed on the lower side of a building and down to the sidewalk [as though someone was sitting against the wall] at the cross-section of two sidewalks.

Many communities are doing their best to address homelessness. That concern, along with pandemic challenges, has caused a lot of innovative approaches from community leaders over the last few years. The latest innovation was unveiled in Newark, NJ on March 8th.

Homelessness Czar Sakinah Hoyte joyfully introduced 24 residents to their new home in Newark Hope Village on Newark Street. The homes are part of a 90-day pilot program to support those residents in transitioning from the street to permanent housing at other locations.

These homes were designed by a California nonprofit called Homes 4 the Homeless. Built to code, they used seven shipping containers to create 20 dorm-style rooms with bunk beds, a heater and a small dresser. Two structures on site also have shower rooms.

Once a homeless person is approved for the 90-day program, they are given a voucher and then United Community Corporation steps in to provide supportive services until their permanent housing is finalized. Newark Working Kitchens has partnered with the city to pay restaurants to make meals for the residents as well.

Other sites in the area are being considered for several more homeless-focused projects. If you want to read the entire article about Newark Hope Village, click here.

We, at Sheltering Grace, welcome donations for the homeless mothers and babies we serve. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Each mother and baby will be truly grateful for your kindness.

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Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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