Second homeless shelter opens at Tamuning Plaza Hotel

Monday, October 18, 2021



The second temporary emergency homeless shelter in Tamuning is now open.

Called the LIHENG Sinafo COVID-19 Emergency Shelter, the facility is the site of the Tamuning Plaza Hotel and has a total of 40 rooms.

It is expected to alleviate capacity issues at the Global Dorm in Maite, the site of the first temporary emergency homeless shelter, which has been operating at full capacity.

LIHENG Sinafo and management of the facility are estimated to have a one-time cost of $1.6 million for one year, to be funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Guam Housing and Urban Development Authority Executive Director, Ray Topasna said some units at the second shelter were occupied over the weekend.

Catholic Social Services operates the shelter at Global Dorm and will also operate the second shelter. The non-profit organization Mañelu will provide case management operations focused on housing search and placement, life skills training, transportation assistance, employment training, and other activities related to stabilization and re-housing.

The second shelter was a project long in the making, as flood zone requirements led to delays. Flood insurance, which is not part of the grant, was one of the last obstacles to completing the project.

The government of Guam offered to pay for the insurance, and in late August GHURA sent a quote of less than $6,000 for a year to the governor’s office for processing by the General Services Agency.

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