Salvation Army Houston to shutter one shelter, change services at another
The Salvation Army of Greater Houston is closing one emergency housing shelter and changing services at another in the New Year, as part of an effort to cut costs, leaders in the organization said Thursday.
The shift in operations at two of the Salvation Army’s shelters is part of an effort to make staffing and resources more efficient across the region, spokeswoman Lauren Brown said.
The current emergency shelter for men, Harbor Light Center & Red Shield Lodge at 2407 North Main in the Near Northside, will close, Brown said. The shelter’s recovery program will move to the Adult Rehabilitation Center in the Washington Avenue area, and men who are homeless and needing emergency shelter will now be housed at Sally’s House downtown.
Sally’s House, at 1717 Congress, will undergo changes as well, as it is currently an emergency shelter for women. The shelter will be called the Center of Hope starting Jan. 1, and will instead become an emergency shelter for men. The center will include programs for veterans, human trafficking survivors and people who are homeless and looking for employment, Brown said.
Emergency shelters for women and human trafficking survivors will move to the Family Residence emergency shelter in Midtown, which also serves families and young adults, Brown said.
Housing women at the same facility as families is part of a larger model consistent with other Salvation Army centers in other parts of the country, Brown said.