Covington, Kentucky

Emergency Shelter Seeks New Home

The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky is in need of a new home soon after the building it uses will likely be sold by Kenton County to Gateway Community & Technical College as part of the school's urban campus development in Downtown Covington. The shelter operates inside the former health clinic at 634 Scott Boulevard.

The Kenton County Fiscal Court entered into an "intent to sell" agreement with Gateway. "We are very fortunate to have the support of Kenton County Fiscal Court who agreed to help us fund our move," said Rachael Winters, director of the shelter, in a monthly online newsletter. The Emergency Shelter is looking for a 10,000 square foot building that is handicap accessible. If you are interested in helping us find a new location, please email us at emergencyshelternky@yahoo.com.

Shelter serves needs in winter

From the shelter's newsletter:

With each passing week, our shelter sees new faces. For one night or for a month we are here for those who need us. Since we opened this winter, 26 referrals have been made by either St. Elizabeth Hospital or by police officers. Nine different Kentucky counties have been served with a majority from Kenton County. During our coldest nights, when we dip below freezing, we make every attempt to accommodate everyone who comes to our door. We are the region's only cold weather shelter and the only shelter available on an emergency basis.

Homelessness to housing: Providing shelter works

From the shelter's newsletter

Many of our guests just need us for a night or two and then return to family or friends. Others need our shelter longer to find work, recover from an illness and save money for housing. Last month we had a female guest move into her own apartment after needing three weeks to look for a Boone County apartment that would take her Section 8 voucher. Click the below link for a recent article in the Kentucky Enquirer about another guest who needed our shelter for a short time and now has a home of his own.