- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - New Britain’s mayor is looking for space to serve as an emergency homeless shelter this winter.

The Herald of New Britain reports (https://bit.ly/1oTJE6h ) that Mayor Erin Stewart is asking that a local property owner step forward and donate a building. She says the city has volunteers, cots and other equipment, but no space.

Last winter, two landlords donated space that housed between 27 and 32 homeless people each night. The space has since been rented.

Stewart has met with representatives of social services agencies and religious groups to consider ideas.

The cost to staff the overflow shelter was $36,000 and $2,000 was donated for utilities.

The city needs a heated space from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to accommodate about 30 people from early December through the end of March.

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Information from: New Britain Herald, https://www.newbritainherald.com

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