The Siena Francis House welcomes, shelters and empowers individuals experiencing homelessness to navigate their path to housing.
The Siena Francis House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, founded in 1975 as an emergency overnight shelter for women at 19th and Burt Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Two years later, the organization added an emergency overnight shelter for men – along with a dining room and kitchen – at 19th and Cuming Street.
In 1994, the Siena Francis House consolidated our women’s shelter and our men’s shelters, under one roof, at 1702 Nicholas Street. It was at about this same time frame that the Siena Francis House began operating our in-house, residential addiction recovery program.
Due to the overwhelming increases in homeless individuals requesting services, in 2005, the Siena Francis House opened a facility addition known as our Baright Shelter, across the street (east) from our main facility. The Baright Shelter, located at 1111 North 17th Street, housed our men’s emergency overnight shelter, medical clinic, kitchen, pantry, shipping and receiving dock, and storage areas.
In the fall of 2008, the 1702 Nicholas Street facility was renovated, and now houses our emergency overnight shelter for women, our men’s recovery program residence, our women’s recovery program residence, and meeting room space.
Also in 2008 – in partnership with the City of Omaha – the Siena Francis House acquired an existing storefront facility at 1624 Nicholas Street, adjacent to, and just south of our Baright Shelter. The Siena Francis House’s Day Shelter for the homeless is housed in this facility.
In late 2012/early 2013, the Siena Francis House added 48 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals. These apartments were designed and constructed to better serve individuals experiencing homelessness, who show up in need of housing and assistance. This phase included the construction of two Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) apartment facilities and a Community Services Facility.
The permanent supportive housing consists of two facilities, each with 24 efficiency apartment units (48 total units). Each apartment houses a formerly homeless man or woman who has a disabling condition, which was a variable in his or her homelessness. The apartment facilities – constructed along 18th Street, directly west of our existing facilities – complement our emergency overnight shelters, as well as the transitional housing we currently provide. The disabled, formerly-homeless persons who live in these efficiency apartment units may, if they wish, access case management from our Re-Housing and Re-Integration Program, along with food and other services available on our campus. All of our organization’s services are provided at no cost to clients, except for each of these PSH apartments’ $250/month rent, which includes utilities.
The Services Center is constructed immediately north of the two Permanent Supportive House apartments facilities. This facility contains a reception area, offices for our Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program staff, classrooms and meeting rooms, including those dedicated for staff of our partnering agencies to utilize as they serve campus residents.
In December 2019, Siena Francis House opened a new 43,000 square foot facility to provide emergency shelter to up to 100 women and 350 men nightly. The facility also has a commercial grade kitchen and dining room, a centralized clothing room for providing material assistance to guests, an easy access loading dock for in-kind donations, a heat room for sanitation purposes, and centrally-located service offices for case managers, shelter staff and community partners to assist guests in developing housing plans.