Columbus House - New Haven, CT

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586 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard
New Haven, CT 06519
: Phone: (203)773-9673


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    2018-09-22 16:44:13
    I was a client of the Columbus House over the years. Due to homelessness and mental disorders. There I spent good and bad times and learned to grow and learn the my situation was not an exclusive one. I met good people staff and clients. And I met some bad ones too. After being on my own and reflecting back. I hold no negative feelings toward my stay there. Staff is asked to fulfill many tasks and not great pay. Something clients can't realize due to personal situations. While there I met Monica Givens. Who worked by me and also took on the role as a mother figure although me being 20 years older. Without her I would have given up. Thanks to her. I'm standing strong and although my life is not the best. I Believe because she Believed in me. Adding that she always treated me with respect. Thank you Columbus House! Thank you Ms. Givens!

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Description: Emergency shelter - Overflow shelter - Transitional Housing - Permanent Support Housing - Street Outreach - Case Management.
Emergency shelter for single adults with a 90 day maximum stay; intake hours for women are 4-6pm daily for women and 4:30pm for men. Cedar Street Overflow Shelter provides emergency shelter for single adult males from November 1 to April 30, but may open earlier if needed. Columbus House:
Eligibility: Columbus House: Single adults including pregnant women;
Overflow Shelters: Adult men
Fee:Set fee: $3 per night or complete a chore; Accepts New Haven Cares and Basic Needs (DMHAS) vouchers
Application: First come, first served; Intake 4-6pm at main shelter for women, and 4:30pm for men; Cedar Street overflow men's shelter intake begins at 4pm.
Capacity: 101, including overflow shelter
Services: Homeless Shelter
Languages (other than English):Spanish Site hours: 24 hr/7 days

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We provide shelter for over 80 women and men, 365 nights a year, serving over 78,000 meals annually. Case management services include referrals to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, employment training programs, education, health services, and housing.
The Overflow Shelter, for men only, is generally filled to its 75-bed capacity and beyond. This seasonal shelter serves clients with food, clothing, showers, personal care items and case management services. Last year Columbus House had to turn away 1400 men, due to a lack of bed space. (There is currently no overflow shelter for women in New Haven, so Columbus House accommodates the surplus at its Boulevard location.)
A short-term stay for men who are in early recovery who are waiting placement in sober housing, in-patient treatment programs, or permanent housing with out-patient treatment support. Length of stay is 60 days.

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