Obliston residents find shelter at Morrow Warming Center


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – It’s been over two weeks since residents of the Obliston Apartments were forced to evacuate due to unsafe conditions, and three former residents have turned to the Morrow Warming Center for help.

“They are people who are waiting on apartments that had a little bit harder accommodations,” Pastor Mike Ballman, at Cornerstone Community Church explains. “Like either handicap accessibility and then the other family has like 8 pets”

These three individuals have spent the last two weeks sleeping on cots, at a low barrier shelter. The shelter was created with the intention of getting people in and out quickly only staying a few nights. But the good news is that the warming center allows them to keep their pets with them during this difficult time. The shelter is currently fostering two cats and two dogs.

“Well we normally don’t but because of this crisis we didn’t want to let people who were already traumatized be traumatized without their pets,” Pastor Ballman explained.

People have donated kennels, kitty litter and pet food to assist the shelter in taking care of these animals, and Pastor Ballman explains that the remaining residents should have accommodations soon.

“It’s just a matter of time sometimes,” Ballman said. “Like to get a first floor accessible they are just waiting. So you know it’s not ideal its hard to be on a cot for a couple of weeks but they’ve been comfortable and again they can have their pets. So they are happy to be here.”

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