City of Rochester Opens Warming Facility at 38 Hanson Street.
Rochester Warming Facility at 38 Hanson Street Will Be Open from 7pm until 7am on Friday, February 7, 2020 and again on Saturday, February 8, 2020
The Tri-City Mayors’ Task Force created by the Mayors of Rochester, Somersworth and Dover, has identified the need to provide warming facilities for our homeless citizens. Specifically, a place of refuge is needed for those extreme weather events that pose a threat to life.
In an effort to meet this identified need, the City of Rochester has equipped the property owned by the City of Rochester at 38 Hanson Street to serve as a temporary warming facility.
- This is an extreme weather warming facility and is not a homeless shelter. The purpose of this facility is simply to provide refuge from extreme weather to homeless individuals during the evening and overnight hours when other refuge options are not available. As a result, when extreme weather occurs, this facility will operate only from late evening to early morning based upon the fact that during day time and early evening hours there are other refuge options, such as City Hall and the Public Library.
- This facility will be staffed by trained volunteers at all times that it is in operation. The Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), an agency housed at the Strafford County complex, has a formal program to train volunteers in the proper and safe management of facilities of this type. The IDN has been involved in the operation of the multiple warming facility operations that have operated in Dover over the last two months and has been involved in the creation of this warming facility. IDN volunteers will be on site and in charge of the facility at 38 Hanson whenever it is in operation.
- Despite the key role of the IDN volunteers in the operation of this facility, the City has maintained overall oversight and coordination of the creation of this facility. From the City this has included – the City’s Emergency Operations Manager/ Fire Chief; the City’s Code Compliance Official/ Director of Building, Zoning & Licensing Services; the Police Department; the City’s Public Buildings Department and myself as City Manager. The Mayor & City Council have also been consulted and indicated their support.
- This facility is intended to be a temporary solution for this cold weather season. The Tri-City Mayors’ Task Force is working diligently towards a more permanent solution.
Please do not hesitate to contact the City Manager’s office at 603-332-1167 or any of the officials noted above with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this warming facility.