We took note that the 2015 Point-in-Time Homeless Census highlighted some particularly disturbing figures about those 55 and over experiencing homelessness in Butte County. The census showed that this age group accounted for 17% of those surveyed.
Predictably, income factors create another barrier for this these folks. The same exact number, 17% of those surveyed reported to receive Supplemental Security Income, (SSI). SSI showed to be the most common form of income for those surveyed, with total earnings at less than $1,000 per month. Sadly, these factors reduce the likelihood of independent living.
We saw the faces of women who find themselves in these circumstances while staying at Sabbath House, and looked to find an answer. This winter, we had three senior ladies living at the shelter that were continually suffering from bad health, had fixed incomes and needed something different. Shelly Watson, our Director of Services began to search for ways to get these ladies into permanent housing, but couldn’t find answers from existing services. The first three women moved in last week, and are settling in nicely. There are a lot of smiles, immense appreciation for such a wonderful community, and for the first time in a long while comfort.