Emergency shelter operations continue; additional shelter procurement ongoing

The Global Dorm government of Guam homeless facility in Maite. (PNC file photo)

The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration continues to provide emergency shelter to dozens of the island’s homeless.

As of Friday, there were 91 individuals receiving emergency shelter at the Global Dorm in Maite. There are 40 minors, seventeen (17) from the age 0-2; twelve (12) from the age 3-5; six (6) from the age 6-10; three (3) from the age 11-13 and two (2) from the age 14-17.

Earlier this month, nine residents tested positive for COVID-19. All nine residents have been cleared by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) and have transitioned from the Government of Guam designated isolation facility back to the Global Dorm in Maite.

There have been no additional COVID cases as a result of strict enforcement of health and safety protocols, including mandatory use of face masks, social distancing, and limited travel from the facility, with the exception of leaving for medical appointments and securing essential items such as food and medicine.

Procurement for an additional emergency shelter is ongoing.

“Unfortunately, our search for another shelter continues. I am very disappointed that prospective properties are being presented at double or triple the price compared to published multiple listing service (MLS) prices. This is cost-prohibitive and derails bringing additional facilities online during both a pandemic and rainy season,” said Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio.

Warehouses and multi-unit buildings for lease or purchase are actively being sought. Interested property owners are encouraged to contact Program Director Rob San Agustin at rob.sanagustin@guam.gov. Interested property owners can also inquire with the procuring authority, General Services Agency.