Impact Station is a short-term emergency shelter for individuals and families, primarily in Union County. The Station will assist clients in finding secure, transitional housing and opportunities to improve their economic well-being through comprehensive, supportive services.
Union County nonprofits, including United Way, IMPACT60, The Hope Center (MAMA), and Bridges Community Action donated more than $200,000 to housing-related services in other counties.
- Families struggling with homelessness, who are not as visible as homeless adults living on streets or in cars, are often overlooked
- Singles, in particular veterans and senior citizens, may find themselves in a traumatic situation due to unforeseen expenses
- Women are often fleeing domestic abuse
- 20% of 18 years old aging out of foster care instantly become homeless
Students Experiencing Homelessness
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure that all children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education as non-homeless children and youth. From 2019-2021, 71 students in Union County schools were identified as homeless by education administrators.
The act gives homeless children rights such as:
- The right to immediate school enrollment even when they may not have previous school records
- The right to remain in the child’s “school or origin” if it’s in the student’s best interest
- The right to receive transportation
- The right to receive “support for academic success”