An overnight cooling center that opened this week in Palm Springs will move to a new location starting Tuesday evening, according to a city spokeswoman.
The cooling center that was at the Demuth Community Center will move to a city facility at 225 S. El Cielo Road, spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell said.
Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City formed a partnership with Riverside County to provide three overnight cooling centers for anyone in need in the western Coachella Valley. The centers opened Monday and will continue operating through Sept. 30.
The centers will operate seven days a week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The other two cooling centers are located at:
— World Life of Fellowship Center, 66290 Estrella Ave., Desert Hot Springs; and
— Community Presbyterian Church, 38088 Chuperosa Lane, Cathedral City.
The announcement of the cooling centers partnership was made following the “successful trial” of an overnight cooling center in Palm Springs in June, according to a statement from the office of Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.
The county’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program was contributing $200,000 for the startup costs of the cooling centers, according to Perez’s office.
In addition to providing overnight shelter, the cooling centers act as access points for people experiencing homelessness to receive social services.
The Desert Healthcare District Foundation has also set up a Summer Homeless Survival Fund to solicit donations for operational expenses, and its board of directors agreed to establish a $50,000 matching fund program for any donations received. Donations can be made at www.dhcd.org/homelessfund.
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