Selectman: Salem needs warming shelter for homeless
One selectman saw the effects of the cold and snow firsthand during last week’s blizzard, and wants to make sure the homeless and others in need of a place to stay warm have an option in Salem.
“It’s kind of hard for a homeless person to go to Lawrence, Haverhill or Nashua if they don’t have a car,” said Hargreaves. “It was below zero that night and this particular individual had no place to go, so I offered to put him up at a Holiday Inn at my expense.”
“It’s just confusing to me that we spend all this money on the generators and that we can’t have four or five cots (in one of the buildings) to warm people up,” he said. “We need to make a policy or a decision on what we are going to do.”
“The challenge we have is finding an appropriate location, and I guess I have a bit of a concern about housing people in the fire station or police department if potentially there is no one there,” Hickey said. “We could look at opening up someplace, but that is going to entail extra staffing and costs incurred.”
“I certainly don’t want to see anyone out there suffer from the cold temperatures,” said Hickey.
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