The overflow shelter provides emergency shelter, connections to employment and public assistance programs administered by the Department of Workforce Services, and rapid rehousing services. Zambrano, who lost his tree service business during the economic downturn, looks forward to a fresh start.
"This is where it starts if you want to change," Zambrano said.
A fundraising effort is under way to pay for the building purchase and fund renovations, and "doing it in a way that we don't jeopardize our ability to operate," Minkevitch said.
The local Shelter the Homeless Committee, an asset-holding entity, has borrowed funding for the project. The Road Home will make payments. The committee includes advocates and representatives of government, business and nonprofit agencies.
"At least we're on the hill and climbing. It's our hill. It's our responsibility to fix up this place. It's as rewarding as it is challenging," Minkevitch said.
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