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Emergency shelter for families expands in preparation for possible COVID-19 related evictions

Family Promise of WNY has recently upgraded its facilities in order to make more room for those who need it starting in August

An emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness has doubled its capacity ahead of possible COVID-19 related evictions.

Family Promise of WNY has recently upgraded its facilities in order to make more room for those who need it starting next month. Officials say they anticipate a possible increase in those seeking their services due to predicted evictions and ongoing unemployment related to the pandemic.

Some of the improvements made include private family units, additional bathrooms and a fire safety system.

“We are anticipating mass evictions in the wake of Governor Cuomo's eviction moratorium being lifted in a few weeks. Our shelter is now a safer and more comfortable environment for our families and we are able to house twice as many families”, said Luanne Firestone, Executive Director of Family Promise of WNY. “Expanding our shelter will allow us to address the critical lack of family shelter space in Erie County and be there for our community in the midst of this global pandemic. We thank the donors and foundations who have made this project possible!”

Funding for the expansion came from New York State as well as major foundations including the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation and others.

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