JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Two emergency homeless shelters are expected to open sometime next week in Jamestown.
In an update to the City Council on Monday, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist addressed the ever growing issue of homelessness in our region.
He told the council that a shelter at Joy Fellowship Free Methodist Church, which will house seven to eight beds, has been reserved for families and/or co-eds.
Another shelter at the Gateway Center, will hold 20 individuals.
Right now, the municipality is waiting for the go-ahead from county and state leaders to be able to complete and furnish the locations.
The mayor hopes that they will be able to house individuals before Thanksgiving next week.
“There are still questions to be answered, but those two shelters are starting to communicate with each other and understand what is needed to get those up and running,” explained Mayor Sundquist. “We were hoping to get those before the snow flew, but we are hopeful to have those open before Thanksgiving. That’s what we’re aiming at, and that’s when we think the state will approve everything.”
Once the shelters are in operation, Sundquist says that resource and medical providers will be able to directly help individuals staying at the shelters.