Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City to partially re-open during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 1, 2020

Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City.
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The Safe Harbor homeless shelter in Traverse City is partially re-opening due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In late March the seasonal facility announced they were closing early to prevent guests from catching or spreading the diease. 

Starting Thursday, April 2 Safe Harbor will open from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Chairman Mike McDonald says each day they will offer some resources to people experiencing homelessness.

"Those experiencing homelessness (have) an opportunity to come in and get showers, use the computers, get laundry done, have remote access to medical facilities if they're not feeling well," McDonald said.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill Inn of Northern Michigan is also expanding outreach to people experiencing homelessness and the unsheltered.

A spokeswoman for Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her office is currently exploring options to help them during the pandemic.