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 each afternoon.

"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 homeless shelters.

Salvation Army is accepting donations to help with the costs of extermination, and new linen donations at their headquarters on West Colonial Drive.