Our seventh winter as Moments of Hope Outreach is upon us, as is our sixth year operating an Emergency Shelter program utilizing area motels. We serve as an unofficial safety net to Richmond's shelter system and those homeless neighbors who are unable to access traditional shelter after hours or when it is often full. We provide Emergency Motel Stays and Dignity Motel Stays. In 2022, we provided brief emergency shelter for 430 individuals; up from 196 in 2021, for a total of 1,375 nights.
We have established relationships with motels spanning our service area that provide discounted nightly room rates and weekly rates. Most of these motels accept our reservations and payments online and check our friends into their rooms without our signature. This allows us to respond quickly to sudden weather events requiring Emergency Motel Stays for dozens of people at a time, without having to visit every motel during a storm. This has been extremely helpful in these times of social distancing.