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News of Otsego County

Warming Station

Oneonta warming site at capacity
Oneonta’s warming station at 189 Chestnut Street. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Oneonta warming site at capacity

By Kevin Limiti

Opportunities for Otsego and the Oneonta Police Department are exploring strategies to get homeless people in the area sheltered now that winter is here.

An executive order issued by former Governor Andrew Cuomo says that after temperatures go below 32 degrees, the homeless must be sheltered.

Catholic Charities, the Main Street Baptist Church, Otsego County Department of Social Services, and other religious groups opened a new warming station in Oneonta in March 2021 to allow those outside to warm up during the cold weather.

A Warming Shelter Planned – But Where? Asks Committee

A Warming Shelter Planned,

But Where? Asks Committee

Jennifer Shuman, the Medical Affairs Staff Coordinator and Ethics Board member at A.O. Fox Hospital, addresses the Caring for the Homeless Collaborative at their meeting this evening. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Plans for The Caring for the Homeless Collaborative’s proposed warming station can get underway once a location is determined, the group discussed today during their meeting.

“We’ve come up with a couple of locations, but for one reason or another, it fell apart,” said Lynn Glueckert, executive director, Catholic Charities.

Among the proposed sites were the Salvation Army and the River St. Baptist Church, but the spaces were discovered to be too small or unfitting.

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