The KCEOC Emergency Support Center provides temporary emergency shelter to women, men with families, and women with children who fall under the McKinney Act guidelines for homeless assistance. The shelter currently has 23 beds available. KCEOC constantly addresses the needs of the low-income individuals and families in our community, and expand our programming to better suit the needs.
The shelter provides meals, clothing, and other basic need items. Employment, transportation, education, life skills, and outreach are provided through the Southeastern Kentucky Homeless and Housing Alliance. The SKHHA is a collaboration with four other agencies partnering to address homelessness in the Cumberland Valley Area.
· Individual must meet eligibility as set by the McKinney Guidelines for Homelessness
· Individual or head of household must be at least eighteen years of age
· Individual must be alcohol/drug free
· Initial acceptance, if all other admissions criteria have been met, will be for a period of twenty-four hours during which the individual must participate in a screening process to determine eligibility compliance
· Individual must be capable of performing basic tasks such as taking care of children and self, bathing, dressing, food preparation, and household chores
· Individual must be willing to develop a goal plan for themselves and minor children
· Individual must not have any outstanding warrants, judgments, or any felony offences that involve violence or other acts of harm to others
· Individual must be willing to accept a community living situation
· Individual must be willing to abide by all the rules and regulations of the shelter
Case management services are also provided through the Southeastern Kentucky Homeless and Housing Alliance. These services include:
Developing, securing, and coordinating services
Helping program participants locate resources including federal, state, and local benefits
Monitoring and evaluating program participant progress
Helping program participants with information and referrals to other providers of services
Providing ongoing risk assessment and safety planning with those defined under victims of domestic violence
Helping program participants develop individualized action plans, focusing primarily on a path to permanent housing stability
Case managers may also provide direct assistance to program participants with:
Education services, employment services, life skills training, and transportation
Education services from the case manager may include tutoring and educational counseling
Employment services from the case manager may include employment conseling
Life skills training may include budgeting and money management, household management, conflict management, shopping for food and other needed items, nutrition, and parent training.
Donations can be made to the shelter at the main office at 5448 N US 25E, Gray, KY 40734. You may follow our Facebook page @KCEOC1 to stay up to date on the shelter needs. Below are Frequently needed items:
Diapers and Wipes
Clothing for women and children (underwear, bras, socks)
Toys (Used for Christmas & Birthdays of the children in the shelter)
Wal-Mart gift cards
For inquiries, please contact shelter operations staff or Shawn Bingham at 606-546-3152.