Emergency Residence Project (ERP) began in 1985 after the closing of two earlier shelters. The first shelters had demonstrated both a need for a shelter, and for more support. ERP began in what had been a single family home Ames, and expanded through an addition to the original structure, remodeling, the acquisition of adjacent properties, and new construction. Early on most of the clientele were single men, often transients. As the decade ended a pronounced change had become apparent as homeless families began seeking shelter in ever greater numbers, a trend that is still continuing.
Vic Moss has been the shelter’s director since 1987 and Troy Jansen has been the assistant director since 1996. Over their tenure, Vic and Troy have witnessed the enormous pressures on homeless families and those at risk of losing their homes.
The shelter has three programs – Emergency Shelter, longer stay Transitional Housing, and Homeless Prevention. The Homeless Prevention Program helps families avoid evictions and utility shut-offs. The shelter also leases space at an older motel nightly to help deal with its overflow needs.
Mission and Goals
We are an organization that provides shelter to the homeless and, whenever possible, help to prevent individuals from becoming or from remaining homeless. We seek to do so in a welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere that respects their human dignity. It is also our goal to involve the community in the provision of services to the homeless and in fostering the conditions that prevent homelessness.
Almost two-thirds of the people benefiting from ERP programs are residents of Story County, with the rest composed of individuals attempting to relocate to Story County or who are passing through town.
Main Shelter – In recent years, ERP provided short-term shelter to an average of 700 people, with most staying from one night to one month.
Homeless Prevention Program – approximately 1400 people are assisted through this program each year. Families are assisted with utility payments, to prevent disconnections, and with rental payments so evictions are not carried out.
Transitional housing – Our six transitional housing apartments assist about 50 persons, the majority of whom are children, each year.
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How to Contact Us
Emergency Residence Project
225 South Kellogg Ave. Ames, IA 50010