Our mission is to provide homeless people in Walla Walla with access to safe shelter, basic necessities, and the resources needed to transition to stable housing and self-reliance.
It's Not Easy Being Homeless
Can you imagine trying to get a job or even rent an apartment if you have no place to shower, no place to wash clothes, have no mailing address, no telephone, no recent landlord references, have no credit rating because you haven’t paid a utility bill in years? Add to that any mental illness or physical disability that you may have, and the barriers you face seem insurmountable.
The Alliance is working to remove the barriers that prevent those experiencing homelessness from moving to better circumstances.
The M.O.S.T. - Our Latest Project
The Mobile Outreach Services Team
This new program will bring outreach services to those who are homeless, exactly where the services are needed. From the M.O.S.T., the Alliance will help clients obtain ID, apply for and find housing, assist with job searches and connect them with other agencies. BMAC will provide case management, coordinated entry and navigation to other needed services. Population Health will provide preventative health screenings, health education, screening for the social determinants of health and connect clients to health services.
These outreach services will assist those who are homeless, whether they reside in a shelter or are living outdoors. The Mobile Outreach Services Team will be at the Sleep Center two or three days each week. On other days, it will bring services to those who are unsheltered and to surrounding communities that lack support.
Damon, 20, who has lived at the Sleep Center for eight months, comes in the gate with a radiant grin: “Guess what I did today!” Without asking for advice, without bumming a smoke or a ride, he got himself to Lincoln High School and enrolled for the spring quarter. "Gonna graduate", he says. "Need that diploma."
City of Walla Walla Presented
The Municipal Excellence Award
The Association of Washington Cities noted the city’s work with the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless on establishing the Sleeping Center last spring on the grounds of the City Service Center at Rees and Fourth avenues.
Watch the video and read the front page article from the Union-Bulletin here.
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The “Exit Homelessness Program” was featured on Blue Mountain Television
Roger Johnson of Valley Viewpoint featured
Erica Bristol, Exit Homelessness Program facilitator,
Kathy Drake, Sleeping Center Volunteer and
Chuck Hindman, President of the Alliance for Homeless
These caring volunteers do amazing work in our community and will share how you can help as well.