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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