The North Fort Myers new shelter location opened this week and people are already saying the condition of it isn’t good.
WINK News was able to get an inside look at the shelter and speak to some of the people who call it home.
A woman spoke to WINK News but she didn’t want to show her face, because she was afraid they may ask her to leave.
The woman from the shelter said there is a vent in the shelter near where she sleeps, making it hard to breathe and tiles are missing from the ceiling.
Melanie Michael, the spokeswoman for the shelter sent out a statement about the conditions of the shelter.
“We have no confirmation there is mold in the building. We have had it cleaned and disinfected. We have a cleaning team of 8 people who work around the clock to ensure all areas remain clean and sanitary. We are working to address missing ceiling tiles.”
After being asked what was covering the vent above the woman’s bed. Michael said, “We are not using those areas. People do not go in those areas.”
As of October 22, there are 517 people staying in the shelter.
The shelter said they do have stations set up for laundry and showers, and they also have a cafeteria that serves three hot meals a day.
FEMA and the American Red Cross are also on-site at the shelter. The shelter has added a medical tent that will have nurses and doctors available 24/7 for anyone who has any medical needs.