'Code Blue' homeless question continues in Saratoga Springs

December 18, 2017 03:21 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS – With "Code Blue" in effect due to the cold temperatures, there’s another push to get a permanent shelter set on Walworth Street. It comes in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals after a NYS Supreme Court Judge ruled in October the city should not have given it the OK.

"The overall goal of a 'Code Blue' program is to save lives,” said Michael Finocchi of Shelters of Saratoga. He worries about homeless encampments around Saratoga Springs and what could become of some people as the temperatures drop. Under the “Code Blue” definition if the overnight low is below 32-degrees or the snow is more than 12”, the homeless need to be able to get off the streets.

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For the second winter in a row, it’s the Soul Saving Station Church on Henry Street. However, pushback from neighbors there and near the SOS office on Walworth Street. is causing a problem.

The city’s Zoning Board was meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night to discuss the matter. Click here for the agenda.

One man NewsChannel 13 talked with says he owns property across the street from the church at Henry and Caroline Streets and that the Code Blue shelter is bad for business. He says he has photos and other evidence to prove it. When we asked to see them or talk with him to get his side, he declined.


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