MORGANTOWN — The group’s emergency warming shelter situated within the former Hope Hill Sobering Heart area on the bottom ground of Hazel’s Home of Hope has been out there since Dec. 7.
Accessible, however so far unused.
Bartlett Housing Options, which operates a 28-bed, year-round triage shelter on the second ground of HHH, is working the warming shelter program.
Beginning Nov. 17, earlier than the warming shelter scenario had been sorted out, Bartlett Home added 12 beds as its personal in-house cold-weather shelter.
Chief Government Officer Keri DeMasi informed The Dominion Publish that to this point, these 12 beds have been sufficient.
It’s solely after the 40 Bartlett Home beds (triage and warming) are crammed that Bartlett Home will open up the 15 beds within the previous sobering heart area.
“We haven’t wanted to enter the 15 further beds,” she mentioned. “There have been a pair nights that we had solely two or three beds out there, however most nights we’ve had most, if not all, of these 12 further beds open.”
That’s anticipated to vary as winter progresses and temperatures stay under the 40-degree threshold wanted to open the warming shelter beds.
The warming shelter is open any time, day or night time, the temperature hits 39 levels or decrease.
“Initially, one of many requests was that we simply run it in a single day. A number of us labored actually onerous to clarify why it was necessary to maintain it open. If it’s going to be temperature-based, then it shouldn’t matter if it’s nighttime or daytime,” DeMasi mentioned. “If it’s under 40 levels, it’s open.”
Purchasers can examine into the warming shelter any time it’s open, however as soon as checked in can’t go away between the hours of 8 p.m.-6:30 a.m. outdoors of two nightly smoke breaks.
The warming shelter areas are operated below the identical guidelines because the Bartlett Home triage shelter and require all purchasers to undergo a search previous to admittance.
Warming shelter purchasers will probably be inspired to work with case managers, however it received’t be necessary.
Additional, the warming shelter beds are solely out there for residents of Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties and will probably be confirmed through photograph ID or use of the statewide Homeless Administration Info System.
“That basically was a reasonably large speaking level. There are a variety of communities that may attempt to, for an absence of a greater time period, discharge folks to communities which have warming shelters with none assist, after which they’re those who’re left un-sheltered as soon as the chilly season is over,” DeMasi mentioned. “We have already got a big variety of un-sheltered folks in our group, and we wish them to have the ability to entry these beds in the event that they select to take action.”
There may be free bus service from downtown to the Scott Avenue facility daily till 8 p.m. After that, DeMasi mentioned there are volunteers in a position to present rides in a pinch.
You possibly can examine the standing of the warming shelter by the Chilly Climate Emergency Shelter 23-24 Fb web page. Contact Bartlett Home at 304-292-0101 if a experience is required.
“We actually hope people are available and use the shelter. There isn’t any check-in time. In the event that they’re outdoors and it’s 1 a.m. and so they wish to get inside, they will,” DeMasi mentioned.