Village of transitional housing planned to fight against homelessness

The interior of a pallet shelter is seen at Anne Street Village, a transitional housing for the homeless, in Salisbury, Md. (Photo by Lauren Roberts/The Daily Times via AP)

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury recently held a community build for Anne Street Village, a planned cluster of Palette homes that will help the city address the chronic problem of homelessness.

“Inside each shelter there is a bed, and there will also be a mini-fridge, microwave, chair and small table, provided through the generosity of the community. We also have an air conditioning unit and a heater in there,” said Brett Sanders, outreach coordinator at Salisbury Housing First.

The fiberglass units, made by the Pallet company, also have carbon dioxide detectors and rear exits for emergencies, Sanders added, and there will be a shower trailer with four individual showers, as well as toilets on site.

Twenty-four units, each measuring 8 feet by 8 feet, will be used as living spaces with an additional unit to be used as office space.

“People call it a small family village, but all this time it had been planned as a transitional housing program, and that’s something we’re working to clarify for people,” he said. .

As construction progresses, the city has also identified priority candidates to use the housing upon completion.

“We know people who have been on the outside for five or 10 years, so those people will be prioritized to get into the program,” Sanders said.

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