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Farmington's winter shelter keeps homeless warm
The Roof is open from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily
FARMINGTON — With the weather getting colder, The Roof is providing a safe, warm place for intoxicated people to stay the night.
The winter wet shelter opened for the year Nov. 1 and will remain open through the end of March.
The shelter is open from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily, and a driver is available to pick people up and transport them to the shelter.
It is located at 310 W. Animas St., and the shelter's phone number is 505-325-0622.
The shelter opened in the early 2000s. It was created to provide a place for homeless people or inebriates to stay during the winter.
The city of Farmington has contracted with the Salvation Army since 2002 to run the shelter, which provides shelter to thousands of people each winter.
Salvation Army Lt. Darla Malone said the number of people who use the shelter depends on the weather.
"We've seen the numbers go up because it's gotten colder," she said.
The Roof is unique because it provides people with a place to stay, even if they are not sober.
Malone said on Sunday night, when temperatures dropped into the teens, there were 42 people at the Roof.
"The need is definitely out there," she said.
If the shelter runs out of room, the Salvation Army has a backup plan of opening the organization's nearby core building to people seeking shelter.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.