Salisbury housing for the homeless progresses in Pallet House village

Salisbury held a community build on Saturday for Anne Street Village, its planned cluster of Palette homes that will help the town tackle the chronic problem of homelessness.

The Anne Street Village will be located in the East Church Street area at the corner of Anne and Short streets.

“Inside each shelter there is a bed, and there will also be a mini fridge, a microwave, a chair and a small table, provided thanks to the generosity of the community. We also have a air conditioning unit and a heater in there,” said Brett Sanders, outreach coordinator for 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.

As well as providing housing, the Housing First project in Salisbury also aims to teach homeless people about goals along the way.

“Transitional housing allows these individuals to reach those benchmarks and achieve the goals necessary to be successful in permanent housing support,” Sanders said. “Acclimating to the outdoors to being alone again and remembering the behaviors that come with success in managing your own home.

Plans are for Anne Street Village to open in the first week of November.

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“We really want to start bringing people in before winter hits,” Sanders said.

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