Seeking Shelter: Where do they go at night?
Recently, walking through the city with my girlfriend, we realised we had no idea how the basic human needs were accessed by homeless people within the city.
How can people on the streets afford tampons when they are so expensive? Where can they go to shower? Where do all these people go at night? Are there enough shelters? Where even are the nearest shelters?
A basic Google search, provided surprisingly mixed, unclear and largely unhelpful information on where one could actually go if they needed to seek food and shelter in the local area.
With this problem fresh on our minds, an email from Remy could not have been better timed. Remy Gordon is a student at Washington University, studying a Masters of Social Work. After working as a Program Coordinator at a trauma informed homeless shelter for women and children, Remy knew first hand how difficult seeking shelter could be for somebody in a crisis. Even though access to mobile devices amongst homeless communities is on the rise, she found that Googling for "nearest shelters" most often returned a number of animal rescue centres, rather than shelters for those sleeping on the streets.
Remy decided to address this issue by launching Seeking Shelter. The site features a database of information about the nearest programs and shelters for emergencies, families, domestic violence and youth, as well as food pantries, transitional living programs, veteran resources, and many more critical resources.
As well as this fantastic website, Seeking Shelter applications for both iOS and Android are already on the way, all aiming to provide a free and easily accessible resource for people at their most vulnerable.
This service is currently only available in the US, but it is a fantastic initiative and one we can't wait to see expand in the future. Check out the Seeking Shelter website and help this resource continue to grow and develop by donating here.