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Frederick Place is a 16-bed emergency, temporary shelter for families, women and men who are experiencing homelessness. It is operated by The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Inc. (NATH), which is a not-for-profit corporation. Frederick Place is committed to ending and preventing homelessness. Along with NATH, we exist to provide safe housing and basic needs to families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness, within an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity, and hope; while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independence. Frederick Place opened its doors on January 31, 2011 and has never been empty.   

Admission to Frederick Place:

Residents will be admitted on a "first-come - first-served basis", depending on the availability of beds. While many applicants for admission will be referred by human service agencies, faith communities, or government organizations, some will seek admission on their own.


Appointments for admission interviews may be made by calling 715-369-9777.


Individuals/families seeking admission to Frederick Place must meet the State and Federal definition of homelessness and must comply with the federal/state income eligibility requirements. Individuals must be physically able to care for their personal needs and mentally stable in order to live safely in a communal setting. Only one admission in a twelve-month period is permitted.  


There is a zero tolerance policy for violent crimes and alcohol and drugs, this includes all THC products. During the "resident intake process," individuals will be subject to alcohol and drug testing and a criminal background check. Testing will be done at admission and randomly thereafter. Individuals with a conviction for a sexual crime or with a recent conviction of a violent crime will not be admitted. 


Residing at Frederick Place:

  • Once admitted, residents will be assigned a room and a bed.

  • There is limited space available for each resident to store personal items.

  • Pets are not allowed in the shelter.

  • Each individual/family will work with House Staff who will assist them in developing a plan and goals toward living independently. Residents are expected to meet daily with House Staff and to continue to make progress with their self-sufficiency plans.

  • Generally, residents can stay up to 30 days in the shelter if they are following "House Rules" and working on their goals. Additional 30-day stays may be granted for those residents who are making progress. The maximum stay for an individual/family is 90 days. The 90-day opportunity is earned, not instantly granted. 

  • Adults are required to participate in assigned chores and all assigned meetings and classes.

  • School aged children must attend school. (If home schooled, residents are required to provide proof of enrollment.)


Definitions of Homelessness

NATH-Frederick Place follows the guidelines of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which defines homelessness as follows:


Literally Homeless

Individuals or family who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:

(i) Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;

(ii) Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelter, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or

(iii) is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution

Imminent risk of Homelessness

Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime resident, provided that:

(i) Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;

(ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and

(iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing


Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence

Any individual or family who:

(i) Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;

(ii) Has no other residence; and

(iii) Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing

The following DO NOT qualify as homeless:

Persons living with relatives or friends for reasons other than economic hardship. Persons currently living in housing even though they are paying an expensive amount for their housing, or the housing is substandard and in need of repair or the housing is crowded.

Unhoused situations might look like:

  • An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

  • An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground.

  • An individual or family living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including hotels and motels paid for by Federal, State or local government programs for low-income individuals or by charitable organizations, congregate shelters, and transitional housing)

  • An individual who resided in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided.

  • An individual or family who will imminently lose their housing [as evidenced by a court order resulting from an eviction action that notifies the individual or family that they must leave within 14 days, having a primary nighttime residence that is a room in a hotel or motel and where they lack the resources necessary to reside there for more than 14 days, or credible evidence indicating that the owner or renter of the housing will not allow the individual or family to stay for more than 14 days, and any oral statement from an individual or family seeking homeless assistance that is found to be credible shall be considered credible evidence for purposes of this clause]; has no subsequent residence identified; and lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing

  • Unaccompanied youth (under the age 25) and homeless families with children and youth defined as homeless under other Federal statutes who have experienced a long-term period without living independently in permanent housing, have experienced persistent instability as measured by frequent moves over such period, and can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time because of chronic disabilities, chronic physical health or mental health conditions, substance addiction, histories of domestic violence or childhood abuse, the presence of a child or youth with a disability, or multiple barriers to employment

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