Programs & Services


PADS Day Resource Center is the point of entry for persons experiencing homelessness. Upon falling into homelessness, individuals and families can come to PADS to get assessed and receive the assistance they need.  At the Day Resource Center we:


  • Orient our new clients on how to utilize our emergency shelter system;

  • Assess clients for need and appropriateness for other programs and services;

  • Provide access to basic needs; and

  • Provide case management and counseling services to get out of homelessness.


PADS is the only non-restrictive overnight emergency shelter system in Lake County. Our 15 rotating shelter sites are open every night from 7:00 pm – 7:00 am, between October 1 and April 30.  From May 1 through September 30, a single shelter site is open every night for a limited number of persons.  Through this network, persons experiencing homelessness can have a safe, warm place to sleep 365 days a year.


The Family Shelter is a complement to our traditional emergency shelter system that meets the unique needs of families with children and provides them the dignity and respect they deserve while working to overcome their barriers and get out of homelessness and back into housing.


PADS Outreach Program seeks to find and engage persons experiencing homelessness out in the community, sleeping in cars, tents, or elsewhere.  We literally meet them where they are, and help engage them into services.  These are often the most vulnerable of the homeless population, and have some resistance to services.  The Outreach Program helps them receive those services in an environment in which they are comfortable.



PADS Prevention & Diversion Program works to provide an earlier intervention for persons who are "near homeless."  By working with them earlier, we can help them avoid becoming homeless and stay in the housing they are already in.


Housing First is a program in which people "crowdfund" an apartment for a chronically homeless person.  PADS assists the individual in securing housing, and then provides ongoing case management to help them stay in it.  This program is done in partnership with local houses of worship.


PADS' Supportive Housing program is  for individuals experiencing a longer term of homelessness as a result of their disability (referred to as chronically homeless).  This disability is usually some form of mental illness.

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