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Warming Shelters to Open This Week

Monticello, NY – In anticipation of tomorrow’s winter storm and the bitter cold that will follow it, Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek announced today that both the Monticello and Liberty warming centers will be operational for much of this week.

“Forecasted temperatures are not expected to get far into the teens over the next few days, and wind chills could be well below zero,” Potosek stated. “Our residents need somewhere to go if they have no heat, so we’ll have our teams ready.”

Both the Liberty United Methodist Church, located at 170 North Main Street, and the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center on Jefferson Street in Monticello will open at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29. Both will stay open until 8 a.m. the next morning, Wednesday, January 30, so that those seeking warmth will also find a warm bed. The 8 p.m.-8 a.m. cycle will repeat Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night. Further nights will be added if the bitter cold continues.

During daytime hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays), the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless at 9 Monticello Street offers food and warmth, as well, and the Government Center and local libraries welcome folks during normal business hours.

In addition, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – which can provide funds for fuel and heating system repair/replacement – continues Countywide, including aid for emergency heating situations. For more information, call 845-807-0142.