This has just been an answer to our prayers to be able to address that need during the winter months, whatever that looks like.”Since March, the day center has been operating out of eight 20x40-foot tents downtown.
The cost to rent the 14,000 square foot lower level of the TCF Center through March 31, 2021, will cover “utilities, staff, maintenance, sanitation, and security.”The move is partially funded by an emergency solutions grant of $300,000.
To make up the rest of the $250,000 required to move the center, Pope Francis Center will launch a massive media campaign to raise awareness.According to, the center's capacity will be 280 people at one time, including staff.
Additionally, the TCF Center has isolated ventilation systems so as not to share with any field hospital space, which Gov.
Gretchen Whitmer has recently alluded to reopening as COVID-19 cases surge.The tents will remain open until Monday.