Nearly all shelters in Suffolk, including the Red Cross facility at Robert Moses Middle School in Deer Park, will be consolidated at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, county officials announced Tuesday.
Approximately 80 percent of those housed in temporary shelters required sheltering as a result of power outages, according to a statement from Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone's office.
As outages are being addressed, and housing resources increasingly become available, the previously urgent need for multiple emergency shelters across the county is diminishing, officials said in the statement.
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is now working with the Department of Public Works, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to consolidate shelters put in place across the county over the last week.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 6, all shelters in Suffolk County (except Walt Whitman High School) will be combined into one location at St. Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Blvd, in Patchogue. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Walt Whitman High School shelter will be moved to the YMCA at 60 Main Street, Huntington, NY.
Bringing together previously separated resources into fewer facilities will enhance the quality and quantity of shelter and comfort services provided within Suffolk County for those still in need, officials said.