In Rutland, the Homeless Prevention Center’s proposal seeking out state funds for a local family homeless shelter was signed by Mayor David Allaire at a recent meeting. Final approval is scheduled to take place on the night of Monday May 8, as the full Board of Aldermen’s Community and Economic Development Committee meet to consider final approval. This shelter would be located in the former Red Cross building, off Strongs Avenue and near the entrance to Howe Center, and could serve up to 10 families at one time.
The shelter would provide individuals with their own sleeping spaces, with shared kitchen, living spaces, and bathrooms. Currently, homeless families receive state vouchers and are put up in hotels.Deborah Hall, executive director of the Homeless Prevention Center, stated that at least part of the shelter should be up and operating by September. Read more here.