At 1 in the afternoon on Tuesday August 31st, Martha’s Village and Kitchen will start providing services for homeless people in Palm Springs.
The services are available at the a new daytime homeless drop-in access center at the old Palm Springs Boxing Club on El Cielo Road, across the street from Palm Springs International Airport and just a few blocks away from schools and City Hall. Hours of operation will be seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Services will be phased in, until eventually, the old Boxing Club offers shower and laundry mobile facilities, case management, assistance obtaining permanent and supportive housing, health, disability, and Social Security benefits, computer training, assistance filling out job applications.
The staff from Martha’s will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the program’s activities, including collecting and analyzing statistical records, client intake data, program participation, and demographic profiles.
The City plans an official grand opening in early to mid September 2021.
The original proposal to use the Boxing Club as a service center for homeless people stipulated a partnership between Martha’s Village and Kitchen and Well In The Desert.
But the relationship between the City of Palm Springs and the Well In The Desert has decayed, and so Martha’s will offer the services without the help of Well In The Desert.
Earlier this year, the City told the Well to stop operating its facility on Calle Encilia, north of Ramon Road, but the Well kept its doors open.
Artists drawings of plans for new Homeless Services Center at old Palm Springs Boxing Club.
Photo from City of Palm Springs City Council Agenda of June 10th 2021