Temporary Code Blue shelter gives Saratoga Springs 2 years to find permanent location

October 09, 2019 09:36 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - They were inside the Soul Saving station last winter, and this year, the homeless will have a warm place to sleep in a former car detailing shop.

Saratoga Springs will open a Code Blue Shelter at 4 Adelphi St. at the end of this month.


The 4,000-square-foot space is getting a bathroom and heat.

"We're going to move as quickly as we can to get the building ready and to get people safe," said Karen Gregory, executive director of Shelters of Saratoga.

It's only a two-year lease, but organizers are thrilled. They say because it's just off South Broadway and across the street from the county mental health building and Transitional Services Association, homeless people will have easy access to help.

"It's critically important," said Gregory. "This way we can do more than just keep safe from the cold and the freezing temperatures."

The city is putting up $50,000 to cover the cost of the lease.

Mayor Meg Kelly saying by text message Wednesday, "Any city, any society that values meeting the needs of its most vulnerable must have a shelter from harsh weather. That can mean life or death."
The mayor says she and Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan are working with SOS to find a permanent downtown location.

"We want to have community involvement," said Madigan. "We don't want to just spring it on a community or a neighborhood. We want to make sure that we're evaluating all options."

And the new temporary location bought them some time to get it done.

"So our goal by the time our lease ends is to hopefully have a permanent location resolved," said Gregory.


Mark Mulholland

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