In December 2020, there were 70 Coordinated Entry calls. Of those calls, 9 reported to be living in their car, 4 were living in habitation not meant for humans, 26 were living outside, 0 were in hotels paid by agencies, 13 were living in shelters, 10 were in private residences, and 8 were in hotels.
Upcoming Important Events

Volunteer Training has been scheduled. We have several dates and times for flexibility. Register here

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 12:00pm

Featuring: New Grants for Mental Health First Aid Available,Mental Health First Aid Tips: Starting 2021 Off Strong, Webinars, News and Resources, and more.

It’s Tax Time again!

211 is here to connect families to resources in our community that will ensure they get the most out of their income tax returns. VITA is a program that prepares and files taxes for families and individuals for free (income restrictions apply) and My Free Taxes is an online tax tool that allows families and individuals of all incomes to electronically prepare and file their Federal and State tax returns for free. Last year 69 volunteers prepared more than 4,500 tax returns at Goodwill of the Southern Rivers with more than $6M being returned to our community.
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  • Homeless shelters meet the definition of congregate settings and should be prioritized for the vaccine, consistent with other congregate settings determined by CDC to be high risk.

  • State and local vaccine distribution strategies should include bringing the vaccine to people experiencing homelessness, including unsheltered locations.

Saturday, January 9 | 9:00 am
St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church
3993 St Mary’s Road, Columbus

Saturday, January 9 | 1:00 pm
Grant Chapel AME Church
511 20th Avenue, Columbus

Sunday, January 10 | 1:00 pm
The Office of Dr. Jacqueline Owusu
5401 Gunboat Drive, Suite 27, Columbus

Vaccine Resources, Guidance, and Reports

Infusion centers and pharmacies working with long term care facilities are receiving separate allocations through Project SPEED. That program is expected to expand to FQHCs and perhaps other locations. Those allocations are separate from the hospital allocations. Click here to find all the latest information about therapeutics.


The U.S. Treasury Department has recently announced the availability of $25 billion in rental assistance funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and Indian tribes, and can be used for existing or newly created rental assistance programs.

Eligible grantees will need to submit forms by Tuesday, January 12 in order to accept the award. Read more

As the eviction moratorium was extended, the CDC submitted an updated declaration form. Click here for the updated form

HUD is announcing the publication of two Federal Register notices allocating $272,072,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds made available by the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2019. Read more

Statement from USICH Executive Director, Dr. Robert G. Marbut, Jr. - Read more


Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities. Read more

FEMA has waived a previous requirement for Public Assistance funded non-congregate shelters to request time extensions on these shelter operations every 30 days. Read more


Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00pm

CDC staff will provide the most recent updates about COVID-19 vaccination for people experiencing homelessness. Read more

Monday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021
12:00– 6:00 pm
Registration and a more detailed agenda will be available in January.

The Conference will reinforce proven strategies, address emerging challenges, and find innovative new ways to solve problems. Workshops and plenaries have been developed in concert with people who have experienced homelessness, and with a focus on race and equity.


Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 12:00pm

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 | 3:00pm
Meeting Recording (passcode: S$#fn?4Q)
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