A Studio 804 and Lawrence Community Shelter partnership
We are excited to announce that the Lawrence Community Shelter’s Monarch Village Tiny Homes began taking referrals on Monday, July 12th. Our hope is to welcome our first families by the following week, Monday, July 19th.
Case Managers at partner agencies who wish to refer families for emergency shelter in Monarch Village may download the referral packet, which should be submitted to our Monarch Village Inreach Manager Cari Halliburton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cari can also be reached with any questions at 785-865-1007.
We are looking forward to working with our wonderful community partners and members in placing families in Monarch Village. Monarch Village will be a 90-day stay during which we will work hard to connect families to all the supportive services they need to succeed in our amazing community. Our vision is for the tiny homes to be a launching pad to permanent housing.
LCS expects regular communication and involvement with the family from the referring agency. Families are immediately assigned an Inreach Manager who coordinates care by connecting them to any and all services and documentation they may need to progress toward housing. Once families are housing ready, the Inreach Manager then refers families to a Housing Navigator who assists them in applying for and securing permanent housing. Once housed, each family benefits from working and meeting with their assigned Housing Stabilization Case Manager to support them in remaining successfully housed.
Thank you to everyone who made Monarch Village possible. We couldn’t have done it without the awesome support of the community!
THE MONARCH VILLAGE TEAM
Please allow us to formally introduce the Monarch Village team.
Cari Halliburton (she/her/hers), Monarch Village Inreach Manager, brings over 10 years of experience in human services, mental health, and education. Cari believes in empowering guests at the shelter to succeed in their hopes, goals, and dreams. She is a shining light and LCS is very lucky to have her!
Chise Kerns (she/her/hers), AmeriCorps Intake and Stabilization Coordinator, brings almost 5 years of experience in international education, government, and the nonprofit sector. Chise is very excited about being a part of such an amazing project. She is most looking forward to welcoming littles back to the shelter.
Sophia Nangia (she/her/hers), Monarch Village Intern, is a Junior at the University of Kansas studying Social Work, Applied Behavioral Science, and Leadership. Sophia brings 2 years of experience working with kids. She is most looking forward to interacting with the families, helping them find permanent housing, and assisting them in getting back on their feet.
Sheryl Sanders (she/her/hers), Housing Stabilization Case Manager, has devoted her career to helping empower others to reach their potential and overcome obstacles. As LCS’s former Director of Family Programs, Sheryl has years of experience and boundless expertise in helping families find housing and remain housed.
MONARCH VILLAGE AT A GLANCE
- 12 tiny dwelling units (160 sq ft each), including one ADA-compliant unit, located onsite
- The units are surrounded by a working vegetable garden and butterfly waystation on an existing half acre of green space on the south side of LCS
- Provides access to quarantine and isolation for up to 12 households experiencing homelessness
- Capacity to shelter for up to 46 individual family members, once the need for quarantine and isolation is reduced