I would like to say thank you to all of the people that came out to share their thoughts, feelings, concerns and support throughout this process. It is so important that our community be engaged about such important issues that effect us all. I hope that people stay engaged. This issue is not going away even if the rain starts to.
Two weeks ago the St. Michael/Sacred Heart 12-bed men's shelter closed, on April 30th the 18-bed women's Interfaith Works women's shelter will close and before the end of April the 25-bed emergency cold weather program at Salvation Army will close for the season. This is a loss of 55 shelter beds that our community will have to bear the brunt of over the next month. All three of these shelter programs have been functioning at their highest capacity in years.
So much of what we have heard regarding concerns with our program have to do with the current state of affairs. People are fed up with how bad they feel things are currently. We are about to add 55 less shelter beds to that equation. I hope that the community can come together to understand the urgency and necessity for this program not only for the benefit of the homeless, but for all of us.
Thanks again to everyone that has supported us along the way and to everyone that has shared concerns with us as well. We envision our program as an important asset to our community that will be a vital piece of the puzzle for downtown. We are excited about moving forward!!