2023 Micro Shelter Community


United Way is seeking donations for micro shelter items!

Do you have extra toothpaste at your house? Bring it over! Do you have extra unused sheets or towels? Bring them too!



Please bring donated items to United Way of Northern California’s Redding office at 3300 Churn Creek Road. Contact Micro Shelter Program Site Coordinator Asia Clark at (530)-355-8855 or aclark@micro-shelter.com to find out what items are currently most needed. We thank you in advance for your generosity! If you would like to give to the project itself, visit our giving page and select the drop-down "UWNC Shelter Project."

About the South Market Micro Shelter Community 

In June 2021, The City of Redding declared a Shelter Crisis and took steps to implement Emergency Housing Sites for the unsheltered population. In response to this crisis, The Redding City Council approved the South Market Micro Shelter Community. United Way of Northern California (UWNC) is proud to lead this effort in partnership with Pathways to Housing and The City of Redding. 

The community consists of 8 single-occupancy micro shelter units for transitional housing. The program is a step in the right direction to give much-needed support and options to our unhoused community. "The unhoused population is a part of our community, and it's important that we show them our support," expressed Cherish Padro, UWNC Micro Shelter Project Supervisor. 

Addressing the complex issue of homelessness requires robust collaboration and partnerships, and support from a variety of social service providers, including the City of Redding, Shasta County, and the State of California. Multiple options are needed to adequately meet the growing needs of the unhoused population, where personal histories and necessary next steps vary per person. 

UWNC plans to open the South Market Micro Shelter Community in March 2023. This pilot program will inform the best steps for similar projects in the future. “Where the learning is going to come is in operation,” explained Larry Olmstead. “United Way is ready to pivot as needs arise to most effectively meet the needs of the residents, neighbors, and city.”