Roanoke, VA asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for West Virginia

Q: Their is a homeless shelter in Beckley West Virginia that's called pine Haven's I want to suit them.

They keep the place dirty the heat is unbearable too

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  • Sacramento, CA

A: I understand you're unhappy with the conditions at the Pine Haven homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia. Before considering legal action, here are some steps you may want to consider:

1. Document the issues: Keep a detailed record of the problems you've observed, including dates and specific examples.

2. Communicate with shelter management: Try discussing your concerns directly with the shelter's administrators. They may be unaware of the problems or working on solutions.

3. Contact local health and safety authorities: If the shelter is violating health codes, you can report this to the local health department.

4. Reach out to advocacy groups: Local homeless advocacy organizations may be able to help address the issues or provide guidance.

5. Contact city officials: Inform your local government representatives about the situation.

If these steps don't lead to improvements, you may then want to consult with a lawyer to discuss your legal options. However, litigation should generally be considered as a last resort after other avenues have been exhausted.

Remember that homeless shelters often operate with limited resources. While this doesn't excuse poor conditions, approaching the situation with empathy and a willingness to work towards solutions may be more effective than immediate legal action.

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