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Charleston homeless shelter gets hot water back

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A faulty hot water heater at Charleston's Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center was repaired Friday after the shelter was partly without hot water for several days.

The homeless shelter on Leon Sullivan Way was without hot water for much of the week after a hot water heater failed, Roark-Sullivan Director Alex Alston said Friday morning.

"It's been acting up for a couple of weeks," Alston said. He said the water heater gave out for good three days ago. Alston said repair crews were working on the hot water heater Thursday, but had to order a new part.

"It's just one of those things," Alston said. "Sometimes it takes a while to get things repaired.

"We have hot water in the kitchen, but not in the showers," he said.

A worker at the shelter said late Friday afternoon that the hot water heater had been fixed.

Alston said the Roark-Sullivan Center has beds for 60 people, but with cold weather has been averaging about 70 people a night. Center staff have made arrangements with other area shelters so that residents can take showers, but lines are sometimes long.

"Even when the water heaters are working the way they should, if everyone takes a shower at the same time you run out of hot water," Alston said. Cold weather makes the lack of hot water an extra hardship, he said.


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