In 1982, a small group of concerned citizens worked together to address the realities of homelessness in the greater Hartford area. They were aware of an increasing number of individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as a severe lack of affordable housing solutions in the community. These founders (including several long term board members and past agency directors), were able to purchase and renovate the former South Park Methodist Church.

The South Park Inn Emergency Shelter first opened its doors in 1984 and has never closed them since.

Through the years, South Park Inn has been committed to providing program opportunities that best fit the needs and best practices of the community. These programs have included the Emergency Shelter, operating 24 hours a day, a Transitional Living program from 1989-2017, the opening of Plimpton House in 1995 in the renovated and historic Plimpton mansion, the creation of a Veteran Drop-In Center in 2007, and the addition of our Respite program in 2017.

South Park Inn remains dedicated to our mission of assisting those experiencing homelessness as they move into their own housing. We rely on our relationships with government organizations, community partners, and generous donors to stay at the forefront of advocacy and solutions to end homelessness.