Bed Bugs Shut Down Salvation Army Men's Shelter
Thursday, January 12, 2012
ORLANDO, FL - The Salvation Army has temporarily closed
its men's shelter as of Thursday, because of a bed bug infestation,
according to Salvation Army officials.
Officials said they were forced to close to ensure the safety of
the shelter residents and overnight guests. The men's shelter
provides both short-term emergency shelter for walk-ins and
long-term transitional shelter.
The Salvation Army is placing emergency shelter residents in
other area shelters. Daily street feedings will continue at 3:30
"We know the strain our closure, even for these few days, puts
on the homeless population and its already overstretched providers,
so we are working quickly to be able to open our doors once more to
operate at full capacity," said Area Commander Major Andrew Kelly
in a release.
Officials said bed bugs are a common and expensive problem for
Salvation Army is accepting donations to help with the costs of
extermination, and new linen donations at their headquarters on
West Colonial Drive.