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The Gateway Homeless Coalition has been serving the region for 25 years by providing shelter, support, and advocacy for all those experiencing homelessness. Click "Next" below or use the navigation tabs on the right to read on to learn more about our mission, our story, and our work!


Our Mission:

The Gateway Homeless Coalition, Inc. (GHC) is a private, nonprofit organization which provides shelter and supportive services for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the Kentucky Counties of Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan.


We acknowledge the impact of homelessness on individuals and families and recognize the importance of stable housing as a basic human need. We provide a supportive atmosphere in which persons can rebuild their lives as they seek safe, secure housing.


Our Story:

In 1991, a concerned group of individuals came together to address the growing number of homeless persons in Rowan and surrounding counties and called themselves the Gateway Homeless Coalition (GHC). In 1992, the Gateway Homeless Coalition obtained 501(c)(3)non-profit status. The Methodist church in Morehead donated the use of a house on Hargis Avenue to serve as the first emergency shelter in Morehead, known as the Gateway House. GHC began providing homeless services to individuals and families in the Gateway area and expanded their service area to include Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan Counties. In 1997, the shelter moved into its current location on Flemingsburg Road.


At Gateway House, we are able to provide a safe, family-friendly environment where our team of case managers work with residents to help them overcome the barriers to maintaining stable housing for themselves. Escaping homelessness is harder than it looks, and that is why our shelter offers more than just a bed and a shower. Rather, a comprehensive residency program featuring robust case management and advocacy services ensures that we do the most we can for our residents while they’re with us, so that when they obtain stable, long-term housing, we've done everything we could to help them maintain that stability going forward. To us, this approach just makes sense - we care about our residents, and we believe this is reflected by our commitment to helping them succeed.


Services We Provide

Currently, Gateway House can provide shelter for up to 22 persons at maximum capacity. Shelter residents receive shelter, food, personal care and hygiene items as well as case management, advocacy, referral services and assistance in securing long-term housing. In addition, our program offers in-house training to help with life-skills, job readiness, financial and budgeting skills, and more. GHC also works closely with other service providers in the area to ensure that residents have access to all programs necessary to help them rebuild their lives.


Who Can Become a Resident?

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness who have resided in our five-county service area (see illustration below) for at least the past 30 days are eligible to stay at Gateway House. Those who agree to actively work towards the goal of securing permanent housing may extend their residency by two-week increments for up to 90 days.


We work closely with the Morehead Ministerial Association to address the needs of those who come to us  from outside the service area. GHC can make referrals to shelters in Lexington or Ashland, and can assist with transportation and food in these cases. Gateway House is not an emergency drop-in shelter.


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How to Become a Resident:

Individuals and families in need of assistance must complete a short application for residency at Gateway House (see Application Forms tab above). Applicants may stop by our office, where one of our staff will assist with completion of the application and with other required documentation.


Please note that a criminal background check and sex offender check will be completed on all adult applicants. Since the safety of the men, women and children staying at GHC is a top priority, criminal background checks which reveal violent offenses, sexual offenses or any other offenses which may affect the safety and well-being of GHC residents and staff will be carefully evaluated to determine eligibility. Know that we are committed to helping everyone in need of shelter find it, so we encourage everyone who needs our help to apply or contact our office!