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Program To Fund Portion Of New Emergency Shelter

The Salvation Army in Jamestown will receive $3.8 million to relocate its emergency shelter — part of a multi-million dollar project that includes the construction of a new, two-story facility.

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced $12.3 million awarded to projects across New York to aid residents experiencing homelessness. In addition to the Salvation Army’s Anew Center, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties will receive funding, the governor said.

“Ensuring that New Yorkers have access to safe, affordable housing is a fundamental necessity in the fight against homelessness,” Hochul said. “Homeless women and children, often fleeing circumstances of abuse or domestic violence, are among our state’s most vulnerable populations. These projects represent a substantial investment toward ensuring they not only have a safe, reliable place to call home, but also have the resources they need to begin building a better life.”

The new women’s emergency shelter in Jamestown is proposed to include seven units and 19 beds. The $4.8 million project will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, create six additional beds and allows services staff to have offices in the same building.

“Addressing issues of homelessness has been a top priority for our administration,” Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist said. “The Anew Center has a long-standing history of providing emergency shelter to thousands of women and their children to transition from a cycle of abuse to safe, stable housing. This proposed facility would provide reliable housing for our community’s defenseless victims of domestic violence. We thank Governor Hochul for ensuring our women and children will have a safe and supportive place to stay.”

Added County Executive PJ Wendel, “I thank Governor Hochul for her efforts and support to assist those who are homeless in Chautauqua County. I am proud of the combined efforts between the county and private partners to expand social services for our residents. This funding will further support The Salvation Army of Jamestown as it helps individuals in our communities obtain emergency shelter until they are able to transition into safe and stable housing.”

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