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Members of the homeless community still have a place to stay during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Overnight Shelter and the Bill Mehr Drop-In Center have moved to Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center, according to a release from Prince William County.
“We needed an option for adults during COVID because when the governor tells you to stay at home, and you don’t have a place to stay, that’s kind of hard to do,” Department of Social Services Director Courtney Tierney said in a release.
Sixty people can stay at the recreation center, which could be expanded and hold as many as 110 community members.
Its capacity is larger than the Ferlazzo Building, where the Overnight Shelter moved from last week. The shelter was moved to the Ferlazzo Building by Streetlight Community Outreach Ministries and the Prince William County Department of Social Services in March.
More showers and a room set aside for meals are available in the recreation center, as well.
Homeless individuals are receiving meals from the Cooperative Council of Ministries, a group of churches.
“The Cooperative Council of Ministries has always fed at the overnight shelter and the Drop-In Center, so that somebody could get three meals a day. They’re still doing the same thing. They’re just doing it in one place,” Tierney said.
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