City’s Emergency Operations Center provides list of locations investigated for temporary homeless shelter

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The following map below provides a list of locations investigated for a temporary winter homeless shelter by the city’s Emergency Operations Center. The list was up-to-date as of approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2020.

According to the EOC, a large “exhibition hall-style tent” at a to-be-determined location was also considered, but the operation cost was considered to be too high and would require significant security.

The EOC also reached out to other non-profits and faith-based organizations to ask for space, volunteers or both for a temporary shelter. Only one responded with an offer of volunteers, but this organization was not identified. Other organizations replied to indicated they would not provide space.



Facilities Considered
Non-profits and Faith Based OrganizationsCold called and emailed numerous organizations and presented the following options to these organizations:
  1. Request use of space and volunteers to staff
  2. Request use of space only
  3. Request of volunteers to staff another location

One organization offered the potential use of volunteers only, no responses from most organizations, refusal to donate space from those that did respond.

Cashin CenterCurrently set up for emergency Warming Center.
Central High SchoolCurrently on the City’s Shelter Plan for Long Term Sheltering – viable option.
All other schools listed in the City Shelter PlanViable options depending on current use and location.
SNHU Athletic Complex2500 River Rd.Currently in use for the Alternate Care Site (field hospital COVID related).
Salvation ArmyCedar St.Organization declined to participate.
SNHU ArenaNo formal request submitted, advised by staff that corporate HQ had declined similar requests in other jurisdictions.
NH Art Institute Dormitories1000 Elm St.Property owner declined.
Former Shaw’s 375 S. Willow St.Property owner declined.
American Legion Post 79W. Brook St.Under consideration.
Former Manchester Police DepartmentNot suitable for number of individuals seeking shelter, requires significant renovations, cost is too high.
JFK ArenaUnder consideration.
Large exhibition hall style tent at undetermined location in the CityOperation cost is too high, requires significant security.
National Guard ArmoryCanal StreetNational Guard declined – currently in use.
Sununu Youth Services CenterRiver RoadState declined – currently in use.
Former Sky Zone500 Valley St.More suitable locations identified, therefore site was not evaluated.
Former Sherwin-Williams555 Valley St. Deemed too small for number of individuals seeking shelter.
Former Zaboo24 Depot St.More suitable locations identified, therefore site was not evaluated.
Former Purely Wood293 Elm St.More suitable locations identified, therefore site was not evaluated.
Former Cabonnay55 Bridge St.More suitable locations identified, therefore site was not evaluated.




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