Shelter

Shelter

“D” Street Homeless Shelter
317 E. 15th Street, Merced
Phone: 209-725-8188

Merced County’s poverty rate rose to 27.4% according to the U.S. Census with the national average at 15.9%. The number of reasons for local homelessness was the high cost of housing and the skyrocketing unemployment rates in the county. The continued lack of affordable housing in this area coupled with the population growth and the disproportionate numbers of the county’s population living well below the federal poverty level put the homeless in Merced County at a very high risk. The unemployment rate was 17% this past July with 18,600 unemployed out of a workforce of 106,400 according to the Employment Development Department.

The “D” Street Homeless Shelter is operated 365 days a year and is open from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. The only entrance criterion for our shelter is the self-declaration of homelessness. Our doors are opened to battered women, undocumented aliens, people with HIV/Aids and hepatitis, and the mentally ill. Currently, we provide each client requesting our services with a hot meal, showers, personal hygiene products, clean beds, counseling, and security to enable a restful place to sleep.