What is Safe Bay?
Safe Bay is a secure overnight space for people living in their vehicles. It is open nightly from April to November, and provides:
Safe Bay is a collaboration between Chum and Damiano Center, with support from HDC street outreach workers.
Who uses Safe Bay?
Safe Bay is open to anyone experiencing homelessness and living in a vehicle. Our guests include single people, couples, families with children, and multigenerational families. Home is a car, truck, van or camper. Most of our guests are working and many have had no previous contact with street outreach workers or other homeless services. With hundreds of households experiencing homelessness on any given night and only 155 shelter beds in the Duluth area, conditions in shelter can be extremely crowded. Some people who own a vehicle choose that over shelter because it provides more autonomy, privacy and safety. But it isn't easy: quarters are cramped, you don't have regular access to bathrooms, and harassment or even well meaning welfare checks can keep you from getting a good night's sleep.
How can I help?
Volunteer hosts are needed in the evenings and mornings to welcome guests and ensure the space is safe for everyone. Register here.
Volunteer mechanics are needed to assist with minor repairs. This can be a lifesaver for families that are just making ends meet and saving up for housing. If you can help, contact email@example.com
The following donations are also needed, and can be delivered in person or shipped to the Chum office at 102 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802.