Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

For Immediate Release

Oct. 26, 2017

Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications
Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Rockland County Executive Signs Resolution for Warming Center

NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day has signed a resolution to provide funding for the County to operate a warming center for homeless single adults.

"Even one homeless person in Rockland County is too many," he said. "The causes of homelessness are complex and this new service will help the most vulnerable people in our County be safe and get the services they need."

The County will also continue to run its long-established shelter for homeless women, children and families.

The Rockland County Department of Social Services is contracting with Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition. The nonprofit organization previously had a contract with the County to provide temporary shelter for adults only when the temperature goes below 32 degrees.

Under the new arrangement, the warming center will operate from November 1 to April 30 regardless of temperature.

During that time a center with 100 beds and the capacity for additional beds will open every night in a secure location at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Complex in Pomona. It will remain open during the day when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder.

The warming center will be in a space that formerly housed an in-patient mental health unit. It will have a kitchen, showers and laundry facilities. Food will be provided. There will be security on-site.

The latest Point in Time Survey identified 124 single individuals in Rockland County who are without permanent housing. Not all are homeless and some are living in temporary arrangements.

Workers from the Rockland County Department of Social Service will be at the warming center to match residents with services.

Helping Hands will transport people in need to the warming center from locations in Spring Valley, Haverstraw and Nyack.

Helping Hands will run the center under a contract with the County for $457,956. At least half that amount will be reimbursed by the state.

The warming center will allow Rockland County to comply with an Executive Order issued last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring municipalities to take homeless people off the streets – by force if necessary – when the temperature is below freezing.