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. It was obvious that establishing a low-barrier shelter, to include comprehensive services, should be the priority.
Since that time, United Way has been awarded an Emergency Solutions Grant in the amount of $300,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to fund services to address homelessness in our community. The proposal was a collaborative effort with The Right Place and Interfaith Ministries. The collaborative partners are currently working to implement a plan to provide a coordinated response system to combat and end the issue of homelessness in our community.