Unlike last year when people were moved directly from living rough into the shelter, the plan this year is to transition people from the shelter at First Metropolitan Church into My Place.

“Last time, it was very different in that people were taken who were experiencing homelessness sleeping in parks or at tent city and moved into the Boys and Girls Club,” said Coun. Charlayne Thonrton-Joe.

“This time, they will be individuals who have already stayed for a period of time at the First Met shelter. So they have been evaluated and vetted,” she said.

Residents will be in cubicles rather than tents set up in the auditorium. “They find that people, when they were in tents, were more isolated and didn’t have as much contact with staff,” Thornton-Joe said.