Pillars provides shelter, support and solutions to address the housing needs in our community. There are many reasons that home might cease to exist for a person or a family.
When someone who’s lost their home has nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Pillars Crisis Housing is there for them. Clients come to our two shelters knowing that they’ll have a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in, and something to eat while they’re in crisis. Many people find their own path out of shelter. Others need ongoing support.
That’s where Supportive Housing comes in. Pillars and other compassionate landlords help people move from a shelter stay into an affordable home of their own. Supportive Housing clients get more than just a place to live. They get a team of people working alongside them, supporting them, and understanding them. With Pillars staff cheering them on, clients work toward increased self-sufficiency and stability.
For some Pillars clients, the cost of housing is their only barrier. Those clients rely on Stable Housing to meet their needs. Pillars and other cooperative landlords make rent affordable based on a client’s income. That leads to an upward spiral toward self-sufficiency and independence.
Other Pillars services meet vital needs in line with these programs:
Pillars Street Outreach builds trusting relationships with the unsheltered, with the aim of drawing them into Crisis Housing.
Pillars Resource Center gives Pillars clients and the unsheltered a hub for health, employment, education, and housing resources, and a place of welcome and respite for people who feel unwelcome most places they go.
Diversion/Prevention stops homelessness before it starts, keeping people in their homes, and avoiding a shelter stay.
Ascend: A Pillars Initiative combines safe, affordable housing and mental health support for young adults ages 18-25, with the aim of preventing homelessness.
Pillars programs serve those facing challenges all along the housing spectrum. Together, Pillars, our clients and our community work to ensure that episodes of homelessness are rare and brief, and everyone has a place to call home.
Pillars Adult Shelter
1928 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54914
Pillars Adult and Family Shelter
400 N Division St, Appleton, WI 54911
Pillars Resource Center
129 S. Mason St, Appleton, WI 54914