Welcome to the St. Francis Shelter website.

St. Francis Shelter has provided temporary housing for homeless families with children in Marion and Polk counties since 1987.   Our purpose is to moves families from the crisis of homelessness into stable, safe and long term housing.  At the end of fiscal year 2013-14, we provided safe, temporary housing and professional case management to 47 families (including 112 children).     We are very pleased to say that 92% of these families that lived here during this same time have transitioned into, and remain in, permanent housing.




Families who come to St. Francis live in fully-furnished, self-contained, one or two bedrooms apartments.   In October of 2014, we increased our program capacity to serve two additional families for a total of thirteen families units to better serve the needs of families in our community.

Our mission is to provide safe, temporary housing and life-skills support to help homeless families return to self-sufficiency

Each family lives in a fully-furnished, self-contained one- or two-bedroom apartment. Families staying at the shelter are responsible for purchasing their own food and clothing and must demonstrate that they are working towards securing permanent housing and/or employment, and are completing any court-ordered treatment and/or classes while they are here.
A portion of our apartment units are set aside as low-income rentals. This provides the opportunity for some shelter clients to transition to self-support, provides much-needed affordable housing to people on limited incomes, and also provides rental income for shelter operations.

In addition to  transitional housing, current services offered by St. Francis include:

Professional Case Management (PCM): PCM is provided for each family including financial management, savings program, community resource referrals, parenting and child development as well as employment coaching and assistance with securing permanent housing.

Library: The library is staffed during after-school hours by volunteers who engage the children in arts and crafts projects, read to them, tutor them and generally provide a safe environment for them to have “kid time.”

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