Price tag for providing jumps to the homeless warming center, not to exceed $95,000 for three months
During the extremely cold nights, Birk said 25 to 30 people stayed at the Serving Homeless Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), a faith-based organization that provided overnight accommodation and meals, and 15 slept in the lobby. the police.
Now, he said, when officers find someone sleeping outside, they can be transported to the warming center.
The center has men’s and women’s toilets, but no showers, he said. There are no plans to feed the homeless, although council member Monica Nenni suggested churches could drop off drinks and snacks. Birk said the Dream Center, located near the warming center, offers a free dinner every night.
Guests will be tested for COVID-19, provided with masks and sanitizer, and will not be permitted to smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs onsite, Birk said.
More than $43,000 will be paid for an off-duty Middletown firefighter, certified in CPR and other first aid, to work from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for three months. Chief Paul Lolli said the firefighter will attend to all medical needs of homeless people and perform all firefighting duties since the building does not have fire extinguishers, an occupancy requirement.
Lolli said it would cost up to $1 million to install fire detection equipment in the building and it would take months.
City Manager Jim Palenick said the cost to run the warming center for three months at 1009 Grove St. was about $45,360, plus about $17,000 to hire a firefighter. But those estimates increased from Tuesday night’s council meeting to Friday.
The total cost of the Grove location will be fully covered by the US Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) special allowance of approximately $1.3 million which is to be used to house the homeless or those that threaten to become so, Palenick said.
Tal Moon was excused from the meeting. On Tuesday he said he was a former board member of Abilities First, the owner of the property, and feared a potential conflict of interest.
Council member Rodney Muterspaw, the former police chief, said he supported the warming center, although he opposed it being emergency legislation. He said the matter should have been addressed earlier.
“We failed,” he said.
Muterspaw also heard stories about communities in Butler County and those in the area bringing their homeless people to Middletown. These communities don’t want to “take care of their people”, so they drop off the homeless in Middletown “like stray dogs”, he said.
Condrey told people at the Mindful Healing Center that she hopes they monitor those who stay there so they get off the streets and become productive citizens.
“That’s the goal,” she said.
WARMING CENTER ESTIMATED THREE-MONTH BUDGET
$43,065: Firefighter on leave to work from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. at $58 per hour
$20,790: An employee for surveillance, security, other needs from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. at $18 per hour
$12,960: Two employees for hospitality duties at $18 per hour
$4,860: An employee for the COVID cleaning protocol, washing of sheets, etc. at $18 per hour
$1,500: To rent
$1,200: Extermination for Routine Bed Bug Spray
$600: Washer and dryer
SOURCE: City of Middletown staff report