It didn't take long for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter to open an emergency, temporary, homeless shelter at Taft Hall.
Following the Lincoln City Council's declaration on Nov.26, allowing the operations to take place when temperatures fall below 40 degrees, the shelter opened on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Lincoln City Warming Shelter President Patrick Alexander said the overnight accommodations are scheduled to remain open through Thursday, Dec. 6, when the weather is expected to warm up.
"The services on offer are the same as last year," Alexander said. "Guests receive an evening meal, a cot for the night, breakfast in the morning and a packed lunch for the following day."
Under the city council's declaration, the Warming Shelter has the option of continuing the overnight accommodations to March 31, the same day the nonprofits lease ends with Taft Hall owners Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams and his wife Debbie.
Alexander said during the emergency and temporary shelter operations, the Warming Shelter will continue to seek public assistance to help the homeless.
"Our most pressing need at the moment is for overnight volunteers," he said. "The volunteers work in teams of two and should plan on being awake for at least half the night to watch over guests."
According to Alexander, the Warming Shelter's search to offer a permanent overnight shelter for the homeless will be a long-term process, but there has been some progress in putting together a short list of potential sites.
"We have also been developing a mitigation plan to help address some of the effects of homelessness in Taft," Alexander said. "Neighbors should expect to see a draft of that plan in the next couple of weeks. We are looking forward to receiving input from the community on how we can work together to tackle some of these issues."
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