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City Walk emergency homeless shelter opens Nov. 20

Posted at 6:19 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 11:26:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee's newest homeless shelter will open on November 20.

City Walk Urban Mission's new shelter will house 100 emergency shelter cots where men, women, and non-binary individuals can sleep overnight with few questions asked.

It will also feature a short-term stay wing, where eight men and four women can live temporarily while paired with caseworkers who will help them secure more permanent housing.

City Walk's executive director Renee Miller says there's a dire need for a new center as more people move from sheltered to un-sheltered homelessness due to COVID-19.

"There's this huge gap that's only getting bigger," said Miller. "I mean it was a gap, but now it's becoming a crater, and pretty soon it'll be a crater. And because the moratorium on evictions has elapsed this month or done away with that, in the next 60 days, the delivery of services, we are going to be so taxed, and when I say we, I'm talking about everybody who works with this population."

Before they open their doors, they're asking for help with supplies.

They still need 12 twin beds, PPE, and disposable food containers and cutlery.

You can drop off these and monetary donations at their Thrift Store location on North Monroe Street.