Homeless advocates seek winter shelter – again – Democrat & Chronicle – September 29, 2015

Homeless advocates seek winter shelter — again
By: David Riley

As cold weather nears, advocates are calling on the faith community for help finding another temporary winter shelter for especially troubled and longtime homeless people in Rochester.

A more permanent solution may be in the works, but it won’t be ready before next year.

Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy said Monday that her organization hopes to close soon on the purchase of a building at 285 Ormond St., just north of downtown, and turn it into a new shelter to replace an existing one on Hudson Avenue.

Public records show that the city Planning Commission approved the idea in July after supporters said it would provide a larger, more central location to aid a difficult-to-serve portion of the homeless population.

But it will take time to convert what are now offices and a former auto shop into livable space, Miller said.

So for now, advocates are asking people to offer ideas for temporary shelter at a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St.

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