The Tompkins County Department of Social Services has selected the Rescue Mission to operate the Emergency Homeless Shelter of Tompkins County that is currently operated by the American Red Cross of Central New York.
The Department of Social Services and Rescue Mission are in contract negotiations and the transition from the Red Cross to the Rescue Mission is expected to occur in March. Until the negotiations are completed, the Red Cross will continue to operate the Emergency Homeless Shelter at 618 W. State St., Ithaca. The shelter was founded in 1988 for the homeless and disadvantaged residents of Tompkins County.
The American Red Cross provides shelter for people who are displaced from their homes by disasters, but operating long-term homeless shelters is not one of its core services. Seeking to focus on its core services in Tompkins County but also recognizing the community’s desire to maintain the shelter, the Red Cross approached the Department of Social Services about finding a new manager such as the Rescue Mission that specializes in homeless shelters.
Once negotiations between the Rescue Mission and Department of Social Services are completed, officials from the Rescue Mission, Department of Social Services and Red Cross will schedule a news conference where they’ll explain details of the transition.