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Salvation Army Opens Temporary Emergency Shelter During Pandemic

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Posted at 10:29 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 23:29:05-04

The Salvation Army opened a temporary emergency shelter in Tulsa.

It's located at the former Juvenile Justice Center in Tulsa on South Gilcrease Museum Road.

The center was opened as an overflow facility to reduce the number of homeless men staying at the Salvation Army's main center during the pandemic.

The new site has private rooms to help with social distancing.

Officials say the homeless population is much more vulnerable to the coronavirus and other illnesses.

"Some of that is just by the nature of homelessness, because they're not able to access as often as we go to the restroom and wash our hands," Major Mark Harwell, area commander with the Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Area Command. "They don't always have access to that, and so, this provides immediate access."

The shelter can house up to 55 men.

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