ACCESS invests 1.2 million to create new homeless shelter

:  On Wednesday, November 20th ACCESS will present the keys to the building for the new year-round homeless shelter in Medford.

 

In June 2019, ACCESS purchased the building at 6th and Ivy for $465,000 with a goal of renovating a portion of the space to become a year-round shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Renovations began shortly thereafter and included fully remodeling a portion of the building and adding showers, offices, a kitchen, and a communal area specifically for the shelter. The other portion is a Community Resource Hub from which community partners will work, such as the Jackson County Continuum of Care and ACCESS’ Support Services for Veteran Families Outreach Team.

 

Thus far, ACCESS’ total investment including the building purchase and renovations has been $1.2 million. This investment into the community does not include $120,000 awarded from ACCESS and $67,000 from the Jackson County COC to Rogue Retreat, which will be responsible for running the shelter and leasing the 3,360 sq ft space for $2015 a month.

 

ACCESS decided to purchase the building and take on the expenses of renovating the shelter as a result of a number of community-wide discussions held in 2018 and the growing need in our community. The shelter serves as a good starting point as the community strives to develop more affordable housing. ACCESS utilized funds from the Oregon Housing and Community Services and other sources such as the Jackson County COC, and more to fund this project.

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