Greene County considering a homeless shelter
Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that with few sites for temporary housing for the local homeless, Greene County lawmakers are considering a county shelter. Currently, the Department of Social Services places homeless citizens in hotel rooms. But Greene County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kira Pospesel told county legislators at a committee meeting on May 8 that, “Our issue is there is no place to put them… there is nothing left in the county for us to use.” This week there are 36 homeless individuals at eight different hotels. Pospesel said, “We are into Schoharie and Albany counties right now,” which takes DSS staff three hours round-trip to get them setup in a room. “It’s just incredible the resources this is using.” Previously, legislators considered building a homeless shelter next to the new jail on State Route 9W in Coxsackie that would be operated by Catholic Charities of Albany. But the county has lost that location. Read the full story in Porcupine Soup.