Plans For New Jamestown Homeless Shelter Under Review

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Plans for a new homeless shelter for women in Jamestown are under review by local officials.

On Tuesday, the City of Jamestown’s Planning Commission tabled site plans for the renovation of 303 Lafayette Street. The advisory group is expected to consider, and possibly approve, the project at their next meeting in September.

Chautauqua Opportunities first presented the project during a Jamestown City Council meeting earlier this year.

Funded via a $2.49 million grant from the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, once complete the shelter would be able to hold 18 women at any given time, with the goal of getting them back on their feet.

“We have emergency food available for them as well, they’ll be linked immediately with social services, in which case they can get SNAP for food benefits, and they can cook food within their own unit,” said Chautauqua Opportunities Director Josiah Lamp. “As for mental health services, we will link them with service providers or even bring those people in.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say the number of local homeless have skyrocketed.

This is the second-ongoing homeless shelter project specifically for women in Chautauqua County. UCAN City Mission is also building a shelter on Main Street Downtown.


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