Southernmost Homeless Assistance League – SHAL

City of Key West homeless shelter operating agreement to end September 30th, 2020

August 4, 2020

Key West, FL — The City of Key West has notified the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL) that its contract to operate the city’s homeless shelter will end on September 30, 2020. Known as KOTS, the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter is on property adjacent to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office facilities on Stock Island. Until earlier this year, KOTS provided overnight shelter to up to 140 homeless adults, but expanded to 24-hour operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The mission of SHAL is to provide case management and associated services for homeless people in support of their efforts to become self-sufficient. 

SHAL is committed to improving the quality of life for all members of our community.

SHAL, the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, Inc., is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Florida.

SHAL operates emergency adult homeless services programs for the City of Key West:

  • SHAL Outreach provides individual case management for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in Key West and Monroe County.
  • SHAL provides community education where staff and board members work with local groups and leaders to better understand homeless issues in our community.

SHAL is a member of the Monroe Country Homeless Services Continuum of Care. Their web site is at

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