Gentry House Mission:

The Gentry House has a philosophy and a board dedicated to the proposition that ALL persons experiencing a housing crisis are deserving of and shall be provided with the resources to enable them to become proficient and respectful of self. in a life-style free of worry and worthy of mankind.

Gentry House History:

Gentry House was started in 1997 and was originally named the Murray-Calloway County Transitional Home, INC. This was a very long and confusing name to have for a homeless shelter. The shelter decided to change its name when one of the board members, Kathie Gentry, passed away from cancer. Kathie was the Executive Director of Need Line for many years and an active member in the community. The board decided to honor her legacy by naming the shelter the Gentry House, INC.

In 2003, new units were built for the Gentry House. These units currently house four families at a time.

Fiscal Year 2016 Gentry House Statistics:

Between July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, the Gentry House was able to assist 27 families, which includes 36 adults and 71 children.

Out of the 36 adults that were assisted in that fiscal year, 8% were between the ages of 18-21; 17% were between the ages of 22-29; 55% were between the ages of 30-39; and 14% were between the ages of 40-49 and  6% were age 5o and or older.

Out of the 71 children that were assisted in that fiscal year, 25% were between the ages of 0-5; 49% were between the ages of 6-12; 23% were between the ages of 13-18; and 3% were between the ages of 19-22.

Out of the adults that we have assisted at the Gentry House in that fiscal year, 22% were African American and 66% were Caucasian, 6% were “other” and 6% were mixed races. Of the children in the families that were assisted in that fiscal year, 36% were African American; 5% were Asian; 5% were mixed race;  8% were other; and 51% were Caucasian.

52% were unemployed; and 48% were employed when they first entered into our shelter.

Out of the 19 families that the Gentry House helped in that fiscal year, 15% were married or living together; 22% were divorced 7% separated; and 56% were single.

In this fiscal year, 36% of families had some college; 4% had their G.E.D’s; 39% had a High School Diploma; 7% had a finished Middle School only; 10% had a Bachelor’s Degree; and 4% were unknown.

Families who were assisted by the Gentry House needed to come to the shelter for a multitude of reasons. The most common reason, at 36% of residents, came into the Gentry House because they had either lost their job or were not making enough money to afford their current housing situation. 21% came to us from domestic violence situations. 21% came to us because of an eviction. 15% came to the shelter because of divorce or separation. 10% came to us because of relocation and 10% came because they were living with family and then were no longer welcome there.