The Salvation Army has closed its emergency overnight shelter at 206 Peabody St. while the organization works with city officials on permitting requirements.
West, city community and economic development director, said Tuesday that city
officials Monday notified the Salvation Army that its shelter was illegal as an
overnight facility because it lacks sprinklers, among other safety issues.
West said city officials learned of the shelter, which has operated since
mid-February, on Monday.
just kind of pushed things over, and we did emergency housing,” Ramsey
explained. “We did not check with the requirements the city might have had for that." On Monday, a city official “asked what I was operating,” he recalled. “They were unaware we were there.”
we'd expect someone to turn in an application for a new use of a building.”
The Salvation Army began providing overnight services to the homeless after
Serenity House closed its 20-bed Street Outreach Shelter at 505 E. Second St.
in mid-February due to budget deficits and a sewer line collapse, the Peninsula
Daily News reported Feb. 18.
The overnight shelter has been mentioned in multiple news reports since.
Bad decisions and bad communications all around. In other words, plenty of blame for everybody.