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Temporary emergency sheltering in the Fort Worth Convention Center to cease mid-June

Posted May 19, 2020

The City of Fort Worth is ramping down the overflow emergency night shelter in the Fort Worth Convention Center (FWCC) and expects to have the facility cleared on June 19.

The city and its partner agencies began operating the temporary shelter on March 18 to help the city’s emergency shelters cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict social distancing guidelines forced the shelters to reduce the number of individuals they usually care for. The guidelines are in place to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The downtown facility will operate its last night as a shelter on June 18. Between now and June 18, the number of homeless individuals at the FWCC is being reduced weekly. City staff and others are working to find housing for the individuals. Some will return to the shelters.

“The shelters are being cautious and they want to take things slowly and incrementally as they increase capacity,” said Richard Zavala, Park & Recreation director, who has been overseeing the temporary shelter operations.

The city is looking for a location outside of downtown that would continue temporary sheltering for about 100 people still searching for housing. That facility could operate until Dec. 30, 2020.

Fort Worth is also negotiating a lease for a vacant, former 44-bed acute care facility in southwest Fort Worth where homeless individuals who are COVID-19 positive or who have been exposed to the coronavirus and require isolation will be housed. It will operate until Dec. 30, 2020.

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