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the need.”

Young said many of their home­less clients con­sis­tently use the li­brary as a place to stay cool and warm, plus use the com­puter. Wal­dorf also has many tent en­camp­ments.

“It makes sense for our clients to not have to use VanGo to get to our of­fice at Life­Styles Inc. to take a shower,” Young said.

Upon ar­rival at the li­brary, in­di­vid­u­als will be checked in, given a towel, wash­cloth and soap and any­thing they need to take a shower.

Washington and Young said if they see the pro­gram is be­ing well uti­lized, there will be an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand.

“This pro­gram will help re­mind peo­ple of the need that’s in our com­mu­nity. What seems like some­thing that’s so ba­sic, to other peo­ple it’s a ne­ces­sity. It gives them a fresh start. If peo­ple can’t even take a shower some­where, how do we ex­pect them to go seek em­ploy­ment if they don’t feel com­fort­able enough to step out of their com­fort zone?” Young said.

Com­mu­nity agen­cies has dif­fer­ing strengths, Young noted — and this just shows the value of col­lab­o­ra­tion to as­sist those in need. She said as Life­Styles works to build trust in the tent com­mu­ni­ties and deal with the ini­tial cri­sis of home­less­ness, their out­reach staff will con­tinue to pur­sue ev­ery way pos­si­ble to pro­vide them with re­sources, in­clud­ing hous­ing.

“Life­Styles is also tr ying to en­cour­age our home­less (by HUD stan­dards) to be­come housed,” Young said. “We have fund­ing to help them tran­si­tion into per­ma­nent hous­ing, so this this just an­other mech­a­nism or tool to en­cour­age peo­ple to get hous­ing. We will help them find the hous­ing, se­cure it, move in and pro­vide fol­low-up case man­age­ment to sup­port them.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Life­Styles at 301609-9900.

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