If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please call or visit One Door to connect with shelter and housing assistance. For most programs, The Kitchen requires a referral from One Door to provide services. Contact One Door with the information below.
1518 E. Dale St.
Walks in Welcome: 9am-12pm
By Appointment: 1pm-3pm
Crisis Cold Weather Shelters and Daily Meals
Crisis Cold Weather Shelters
Beginning November 1, Crisis Cold Weather Shelters will open on nights when the temperatures are predicted to drop below 32 degrees. Download the ShelterSGF app to receive daily updates about shelter openings. Shelter sign-up and transportation will be provided at Grace United Methodist Church starting at 5:30pm each night shelters are open.
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday at 8:30am at the Veterans Coming Home Center, 806 N Jefferson Ave
Lunch: Everyday at 12pm at Salvation Army Harbor House, 636 N Boonville Ave and Veterans Coming Home Center, 806 N Jefferson Ave
Dinner: Everyday at 5:30pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S Jefferson Ave (shelter sign-up and transportation provided at dinner).
Why Go to One Door?
If you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness and looking for help, chances are someone has told you to go to One Door. But why? What does One Door do? And what doesn’t it do?
Why do we have One Door?
Community Partnership’s One Door program exists because the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it has to exist. According to HUD rules, every county that receives certain types of federal funds for housing and homelessness programs needs to have a local Coordinated Entry System (CES) that meets a whole slew of compliance requirements, including a clear and streamlined access point to the entire system. One Door is that access point–the mouth of the funnel, the starting line, one piece of the puzzle. The One Door team meets with hundreds of people every month, completing required intake assessments and collecting info, determining specific needs, and connecting to any local resources that can help. After the assessment, people are put on a Prioritization List for housing programs operated by partners like The Kitchen, Inc., Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Great Circle, and others. Another HUD rule? Most housing programs can only take referrals from that Prioritization List, and if you want to be on it, you must go through the Coordinated Entry System. This is a good thing, ensuring a level playing field and making sure people get access to as many programs as possible as quickly and easily as possible.
What else does One Door do?
- Help with getting ID
- Work with private donors to find money for everything from steel-toe work boots and bus passes to one-time rent or utilities deposit assistance
- Operate a Shelter Diversion program
- Help navigate the process of accessing emergency shelters and transitional housing programs
- Assist with Greyhound tickets if you have stable housing elsewhere and want to relocate
- Provide connections to and information about physical and mental health services
- Work with outreach teams
- Leverage positive relationships with partners to fill gaps, advocate, and identify additional resources
What One Door Cannot Do?
One Door is a small team that does amazing work every single day, but remember: It’s just one piece of the puzzle. The hard reality is there are things One Door can’t and doesn’t do:
- Guarantee emergency shelter options for everyone in every situation or provide immediate permanent housing
- Speed up the housing process, which can be a long journey requiring patience and active engagement
- Force people to engage in services they’re not interested in or ready for
- Directly provide services typical of case managers, property managers, or real estate agents (when possible we refer to other partners who do provide these services)
- Operate outside of HUD and other related rules and regulations