Construction underway on Pallet shelters in Lawrence

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The city has begun building Pallet shelter village, which will provide emergency shelter for about 50 people experiencing homelessness.

The village of cabin-like shelters is getting constructed at 256 N. Michigan St., the former site of Veritas Christian School. (Read more coverage of the project in the articles at this link.)


Veterans, older people, women emerging from domestic violence situations and people with disabilities who require specialized support and care are among the people the city aims to serve with the village, according to a recent news release from the city.

Each unit in the village will include a heating and cooling source, locking doors and windows, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. The units are part of a setting that includes restrooms, laundry and shower facilities. Part of the goal of the project is for people who are experiencing homelessness to have safety, privacy and dignity to help them transition into permanent housing.

“The Village will offer a safe haven, not just in terms of accommodation but also as a supportive community for those in need,” according to the release. “With a focus on fostering dignity, safety, and support, this effort endeavors to reintegrate these individuals into society by providing them with essential resources and assistance.”

Installation of the shelters is expected to wrap on Saturday; however, people will not be able to live at the village until the city has secured an operator.

The city provided these photos from Tuesday’s construction.

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