Emergency shelter at Sharp Building in Westborough opens

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Emergency shelter at Sharp Building in Westborough opens
The Sharp Building on Lyman Street has opened as an Emergency Assistance Shelter. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – The Sharp Building at 290 Lyman St. has opened as an Emergency Assistance Shelter on May 1, according to a press release from the town. 

The Emergency Assistance program is an effort overseen by the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) to house families with children and pregnant women who currently reside in Massachusetts and in need of shelter.

The Sharp Building shelter welcomed 20 families who have qualified for shelter through the Emergency Assistance program. 

The EOHLC prioritized families with ties to the Westborough area when considering placement at the Sharp Building. This will allow students enrolled in Westborough public schools to remain, and will lessen disruption with families’ routines.

The Sharp Building will be operated by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC). 

“SMOC staff will provide case management, job assistance and 24/7 care to the homeless families so they can get back on their feet, and ultimately move out of this shelter and into permanent housing,” said Susan Gentili, president and CEO of SMOC.

SMOC has asked that those interested in making donations contact Xiomara Godoy at [email protected] in advance to identify needs. Unscheduled donations will not be accepted.

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