Nov 14, 2023 - News

Richmond approves new homeless shelter beds

Illustration of a key hanging off of a life preserver.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The city is moving forward with plans to add more shelter beds for Richmond's residents experiencing homelessness.

What's happening: The City Council voted this week to open a new year-round shelter for 50 families on Second Street in the old Richmond Hostel.

  • They also approved an expansion of the existing cold weather shelter on Chamberlayne Avenue to 150 beds, which officials say will open Dec. 1.

Between the lines: Officials are hoping for a smoother winter than last year, when the city tried but failed to get its cold weather shelters open before temps dropped.

What we're watching: The expansion of the Chamberlayne Avenue facility, operated by the Salvation Army, drew opposition from some nearby business owners.

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