Economy Forces Greenville Community Shelters To Alter Hours

Greenville Community Shelters says the homeless shelter will only be open during the night because of tough economic times.

For several years the shelter has operated on a 24-hour basis. Effective October 10 the homeless shelter will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Shelter staff will still offer case management services to shelter residents and maintain business hours from 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Operating out of facilities located adjacent to the shelter in the transitional housing building at 1600 Chestnut Street.

Shelter officials say this closure will allow the shelter to reduce a portion of the agency’s overhead in an effort to preserve programs. Executive Director Lynne James says, "This decision was not made without much consideration. It is unfortunate that people will be inconvenienced by this change. However, the agency is doing everything it can to reduce expense so that it can continue to provide temporary housing to people in need. Even though on a limited basis, the agency is pleased that the service can still be offered. Case management services will still be available to assist residents in accessing community resources and to help them move to independent living as quickly as possible.”

From 2010 to the present GCS has been housing historically high numbers of people amidst a revenue shortage resulting from the current economic climate.

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  • by just me Location: Pitt co. on Oct 1, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    I have experienced some hard times like everyone,else.I would feel Blessed to have someplace to stay, if I needed it.Something is always better than nothing!
  • by Shelter? on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Looks kind of like a low security prison to me. (not that I've ever been to prison)
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    I think you just about nailed it. I usually help out the Tootsie Roll guys. But with less money in my pocket for groceries and gas I am not being so "generous". Where I am pretty certain in the past if Gville held a call for help they most likely would have gotten donations. IMO
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:56 AM
    President Barack Obama has spent the last three years on social engineering efforts like gay marriage, socialized medicen, and DADT. He should have focused his effort on job creation in the private sector and on lowering fuel costs. When the private sector is producing low unemployment there is more money in revenues to support government programs like shelters.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to
      Now that it is election time, he will once again talk about jobs. Sadly he has a record of destroying jobs, not creating them, which should not be the governments job anyway.
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        by Common Sense on Oct 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to
        Oh yeah!?, when have the Republicans said ONE WORD about jobs after the 2010 election? What have they proposed to create jobs? The Bush Tax Cuts? They were passed ten years ago, where are the jobs? The only thing the Republicans talk about is making Obama look bad and how they got "98% of what they wanted" when the country was downgraded. They should pass the jobs bill now or they should be voted out of office.

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