Access Housing of Adams County, Inc.
Access Housing of Adams County, Inc., a longstanding pillar in the community, today announced its decision to embark on a strategic sunset, ceasing operations by the end of February 2024. The Board of Directors unanimously approved a statute of dissolution as the organization endeavors to ensure a smooth transition of its services and assets.
In collaboration with Adams County and other partners, ACCESS Housing is actively exploring options to continue providing essential services to the community under new leadership and structure that are better positioned for long-term sustainability and outcomes-driven programs.
The decision to sunset comes after careful consideration by the new Board of Directors and Interim leadership, who identified critical challenges facing the organization. These challenges include significant resource needs for depreciating shelter buildings and overall non-profit infrastructure, with current liabilities exceeding assets and forecasted revenue.
Shannon Hancock, Vice Chair / Secretary of Access Housing, commented, “Redirecting resources towards an organization with a more robust infrastructure to weather the economy’s headwinds is a tough call in the short term, but necessary when stakeholders are committed to the mission and authentic, lasting impact.”
Access Housing was established as a 501c3 non-profit in 1983 and has served the Adams County community for 40 years, providing vital resources and support for homeless prevention.
As part of the sunset plan, Access Housing is taking steps to ensure the well-being of its current clients. The organization’s 8-unit, 2-bedroom shelter will complete its transitional housing program by February 29th, and direct assistance applications for February are now closed, with 78 families currently undergoing the process to receive financial assistance by the end of the month.
In terms of staffing, two full-time employees have been notified, and the Interim leadership team will be contracted through the sunset period.
The transfer of assets is already underway with guidance and support from the Adams County government.
Access Housing expresses gratitude to its supporters, partners, and the community for their unwavering commitment over the years. The organization remains dedicated to ensuring that its services continue to benefit those in need as it transitions to a new phase in its mission to combat homelessness.
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