Port Arthur is working with Port Cities Rescue Mission Ministries for two new facilities for the homeless

Homeless people in Port Arthur will soon have two new homes thanks to a partnership with the City of Port Arthur and the Port Cities Rescue Mission Ministries.

“We have partnered with Port Cities for several years as it is a facility present in Port Arthur that has actually answered the call of the homeless for people who want help,” said the Mayor of Port Arthur , Thurman. “Bill” Bartie.

The announcement comes just over a month after the 60th Judicial District Court in Jefferson County issued a temporary injunction against an encampment at 950 9th Avenue following 12 code violations.

The new residences are located at 900 6th St., which will house families and single women, and 535 Waco Ave., which will house men. According to Port Cities case manager Pat Henderson, the men’s residence is open for relocation early next week, and the family and women’s residence will be open the first week of June.

Port cities have facility residency requirements, but anyone who does not meet the requirement can seek assistance in coming into compliance.

“They have to have ID, a social security card, and now we’re requiring them to have the COVID vaccine,” Henderson said. “If they don’t get vaccinated, it’s not that they can’t come to the facility, but then they’re going to be sent to get vaccinated.”

For those who do not have ID, Port Cities has staff to help find these documents.

Adults who come to stay at the facility must seek employment within 30 days of residency. They are allowed to stay as long as they need, but half of their earnings must be saved in order to save up to two months of independent living expenses.

The homes are a drug-free environment and residents will be tested for alcohol, narcotics and other drugs.

Port Cities, which has been operating for several years, is funded by donations. However, he hopes to get government funding in the future.

“We are trying to get a lot of funding. We’ve lost a lot of funding, but I’ve been in touch with United Way,” said Pastor Kirk Washington, who noted United Way has given them up to $60,000 a year in the past. “We received $179,000 a year from HUD for our drug rehabilitation program. The program was designed to meet you where you are and take you where you need to be.

They also lost at least two grants due to pandemic-related issues.

For more information, call 409-300-4128 for the administrative office or 409-300-4265 for the case manager office. You can also email [email protected]

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