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City Walk Urban Mission's temporary shelter now open

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 17:41:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Cots are ready and waiting at City Walk Urban Mission as they work to fill a void for Tallahassee's Homeless Community.

The temporary arrangements they've while they wait to open their new shelter facilities a welcome sight for people who may have spent as many as three months sleeping on the streets.

City Walk Urban Mission will open its doors to as many as sixteen people battling homelessness Friday evening.

Hundreds have been waiting for shelter since COVID-19 social distancing requirements closed other options earlier this year.

Executive Director Renee Miller planned to open a new emergency shelter Friday but delayed opening to ensure fire safety.

"It's not quite the grand opening for them that we had hoped for where everybody would have their own room, and this will be a little cozier," said Miller. "But we are still following social distancing guidelines. We won't be able to have more than 16 people or so through the weekend, and then by next week or so, you should be able to be in the new space."

People have already started lining up to secure their space. Others who may be seeking shelter can visit City Walk's thrift store North Monroe Street.

City Walk's hotline number is 850-528-3909. For more information, click here.