In January 2019, United Way of East Central Alabama held two roundtable meetings as soon as it learned that The Salvation Army was closing its shelter facilities in Anniston. United Way entered into a collaboration with The Right Place and Interfaith Ministries of Calhoun County to draft a plan, working under the Homeless Coalition of Northeast Alabama, to address homelessness in Anniston and the surrounding communities in Calhoun County.

Since that time, United Way has been awarded an Emergency Solutions Grant in the amount of $300,000 from ADECA to fund services to address homelessness in our community. With the help of these funds, the collaborative partners are working to provide services to local residents including case management, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and an emergency shelter hotel voucher program.