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Shelter for Families Opens in Bloomington

A lack of emergency shelters for families led an organization to assist those in poverty.

It’s estimated on a given night in Bloomington 30 families are without housing. A lack of emergency shelters for families led an organization to assist by bringing hope to those living in poverty.

A new program staffed 24 hours a day has officially launched, one that the Executive Director of New Hope Family Shelter Rob Young says has been needed in this community for a long time.

“We are the only shelter for families in Bloomington,” he said. “Anyone who works in social services will tell you it’s an acute need, it’s something that’s been missing in the social service delivery system for far too long.”

Eligible recipients must live in Monroe County and have children. Currently, the facility can house 3 families for up to a 3 month stay. The shelter also has a self-sufficiency program to help participants with independent living.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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