Residents of Greensboro’s Pallet shelters who were told they must move out starting this week will now be allowed to stay until at least the end of the month.

According to an email sent from Assistant City Manager Nasha McCray to City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba and city council, the “demobilization” of the Pallet shelters, which was scheduled to begin on March 15, is now scheduled to begin the week of March 27.

The email sent on Tuesday at 11:34 a.m. states that “due to the upcoming weather forecast for Greensboro over the next few days, which includes night time temperatures ranging from 29-39 degrees, the demobilization plan is being delayed to begin the week of March 27th.

“The initial plan was to begin demobilizing the structures in a series of phases in order to maximize the number of beds available through the end of March,” McCray writes.

An attached document providing further details of the demobilizing plan states that, “On the date of the building(s) scheduled disassembly, the client(s) occupying those buildings need to have all personal items removed by 8:00 a.m. Any items remaining will be removed by IRC staff. Disassembling of the buildings will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the day scheduled.”

Based on the city’s new plan, the Pallet shelters are scheduled to be taken down as follows:

  • March 27th – Buildings 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 (10 bed reduction, leaving 46 beds in place)
  • March 28th – Buildings 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (14 bed reduction, leaving 32 beds in  place)
  • March 29th – Buildings 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 (12 bed reduction, leaving 20 beds in place)
  • March 30th – Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 (12 bed reduction, leaving 8 beds in place)
  • March 31st – Buildings 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 (8 bed reduction, leaving 0 beds in place)
    • Resident Transition Plan – will be complete at 8:00 a.m.
    • Mobile Shower Unit – Scheduled to be removed by Noon.
    • Atlas Fence – Scheduled to be removed by 3:00 p.m.
    • Concession Area – All items not belonging to Parks & Rec to be removed by Noon.

According to the email, the extra time will also allow case managers to continue developing “plans for their clients, which include solutions such as Rapid Re-Housing, Hotel Assistance, Emergency Shelters, and Veteran Housing/Assistance (in partnership w/TSC).

“These efforts will continue through the close of the program at the end of March,” McCray states in the email. “The demobilization delay will also allow additional time for case managers to continue working through the aforementioned housing options for their clients.”

Previously TCB reported that the Pallet shelters were scheduled to come down starting on March 14, after conversations with some of the residents living onsite.

The residents who spoke to TCB said that they knew their living situation was temporary, but were only given a few days’ notice of their move-out dates.

Now, the residents will be able to stay until the end of March.

According to the memo in the email, the Safe Parking Initiative Safe Parking has a transition plan in place — the new site location will be identified by March 15.

“Safe parking will transition from the current location on the morning of Friday, March 31st at 8:00 a.m. and will resume at the new location beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday March 31st,” the document states.

Between April 1-13, scheduling and completion of any repairs or preparations to the ballfield will be made, and on April 14 a coordinated site inspection will occur with parks and recreation staff to confirm that all repairs or preparations are complete.

On April 15, baseball practice will start onsite.

Read past reporting on the Pallet shelters here.

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