One80 Place ends homelessness for individuals and families using proven, evidence-based practices.
In 2010, One80 Place was asked by several community organizations to offer support and guidance to the struggling Palmetto House located in Summerville and operated at the time by Dorchester Interfaith Outreach Ministries. Palmetto House was losing funding and had not adopted a service delivery model that would end people’s homelessness.
Significant work and resources were required to stabilize Palmetto House. One80 Place took over operations because it was the right thing to do for our community.
Nationally, communities are adopting the rapid re-housing approach, which works to quickly place homeless people in permanent housing by providing rental assistance and ongoing case management. This model best serves families, because once they have obtained housing, families can focus on other issues and challenges and work to maintain that housing. One80 Place embraced rapid re-housing years ago, in addition to our sheltering services, as a cost effective way to help individuals and families end their homelessness.
In the fall of 2015, One80 Place worked to re-house individuals and families from our Family Center in Summerville, which resulted in 27 women and children no longer being homeless. One80 Place continues to serve homeless women and families from the Summerville area by offering beds in our Family Center or Men’s Shelter in Charleston. We have found this approach utilizes our full range of services — case management, health care, legal, education, employment — that are proven to help people end their homelessness.
After investing almost six years and over $1 million from our general operating funds, the One80 Place Board of Directors determined that operating a separate shelter was not the most effective or best use of community resources for homeless people in the Summerville area.
Private donations never supported the operational needs of the Summerville facility and federal funds could not cover operational costs.
In January, our board decided to list the vacant Summerville property for sale at a fair market value. Funds from the sale of the building will be used to advance One80 Place’s mission to end homelessness one person at a time, one family at a time throughout our area.
I have been involved with One80 Place for the past 10 years. This organization continually strives to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness in our community by using nationally proven practices delivered by a professional and caring staff.
Chairman, One80 Board of Directors