Justa Center began in 2006 by Pastor Scott Richey and members of the United Methodist Church, who developed the programs and services after asking homeless seniors what they needed to help their journey back into housing. It started with a need to have somewhere they come every day to be safe, out of the weather, and have access to needed resources. Justa Center lives that mission every day.
Seniors experience homelessness for a variety of reasons, including:
The 2019 Point-in-Time (one-night) count of all homeless seniors reflected a 98% increase year over year and steadily increasing. Based on shelter data, 1 in 3 homeless persons are over the age of 55. Over 50% of those are experiencing homelessness for the first time as an adult.
The current length of time to find appropriate, affordable housing, be qualified and accepted, and save up for application fees and deposits is currently ranging from 160 to 400 days. This contributes to more seniors living on the streets where they are at risk of illness, injury, lack of nutrition, and victimization for the majority of their homeless experience.
The Board of Directors and Leadership Team are comprised of dedicated servant-leaders working together to miracles happen for homeless seniors.
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