JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Western New York has seen its first snowfall of the season this week, and lawmakers in the City of Jamestown are trying to figure out what to do with the homeless population locally.
Lawmakers are working with homeless shelters, resource providers, local churches, and medical professionals to provide emergency shelter for those who have nowhere to go this winter.
Echoing the fears of the City Council, last week a factory fire occurred at the old Crawford Furniture Atlas Division Factory , which initial investigations believed it was started by someone who was not supposed to be occupying the building, like the homeless.
Mayor Sundquist and his team have identified two structures within the city that could be used as an emergency shelter for the homeless population within the city
“It would be a nightime, usually around 4 p.m. until 9 a.m.,“ explained Mayor Sundquist, “Those sites would then also provide security at the locations, food, we would have churches and other groups provide resources there.”
While the emergency shelter is still in planning, the city has received $194,000 dollars from HUD to address the homelessness issue.