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Well House expands with purchase of two additional houses

Well House has recently purchased two houses, raising the total number to eight houses and five vacant lots.

/Courtesy of Well House

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How to support the 19:1 campaign

  • Attend a campaign event
  • Formally endorse the campaign 
  • Post Well House flyer in visible space and display buttons and stickers
  • Donate to Well House
456 Delaware SE

456 Delaware SE /Eric Tank

856 Geneva SE

856 Geneva SE /Eric Tank

Well House has moved 50 people off the streets and into safe housing between January of 2013  and this October, with over 90 percent not returning to homelessness.

Well House has just acquired two additional houses to add to the program. Located at 456 Delaware SE and 856 Geneva SE, these two new homes will continue to operate under the Housing First model, which seeks to place homeless people in residences without preconditions.

The Delaware house is a a four bedroom home that will provide housing for two families at imminent risk of separation. Geneva is a double unit with six bedrooms that will house six to eight people. Applicants must be in a state of homelessness or shelter dependent. 

This year's 19:1 campaign is hoping to raise $50,000 between November 16 and the end of 2014. The campaign addresses the statistics that show that in Kent County there are approximately 19,000 vacant housing units and on any given night there is estimated 1,000 peoples living on the streets.The monies will be appropriated towards finishing the rehabilitation of a boarded up house. The hope with the purchase of new houses and vacant lots is to reverse the housing to homelessness ratio from 19:1 to 1:8.

On Saturday, December 6 The Pyramid Scheme will host a "Dance Off" competition to help raise funds for Well House. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Well House just announced that a $200,000 grant proposal as been approved from the Wege Foundation. Funds will be appropriated to the aquisition of more housing, efficiency housing and organinc food for tenants and neighbors. 

For those interested in learning more about Well House and how to become a volunteer, there will be an orientation on Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. at 600 Cass Street SE. 

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