Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter Shelter Closing Date

The Winter Shelter at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
The closing date of the Winter Shelter, commonly known as Overflow, will be March 9. This information has now been confirmed at the Volunteers of America [VOA], Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada, webspace. VOA administrates Overflow on contract with the county of Sacramento. The facility offers 104 beds for men and 52 beds for women or families during the period of cold in Sacramento.

In a healthier economic climate, Overflow is open for fully five months, from the 1st of November to the end of March, to protect homeless Sacramentans from cold nights. This year, the duration of the availability of Sacramento's cold-weather shelter was reduced by over six weeks, to a window of Nov 24 - Mar 9.

UPDATE 1/27/09: The closing date of Winter Shelter remains set at Mar. 9. According to a VOA official who emailed me today, VOA is seeking a grant to extend the date. They have no way of guaging what chance they have of gaining approval of their grant application.

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