New emergency assistance center set to open in the Bronx

A new emergency assistance unit is set to open in the Bronx Thursday while the EAU on 151st Street prepares to shut down for construction.

The PATH Center, which stands for Preventative Assistance Temporary Housing, will open this week only to pregnant women and homeless people seeking first-time assistance. Eventually it will replace the EAU center, which helps those previously denied help or those reapplying for shelter.

EAU will close its doors in six months as part of a $30 million renovation project. While it's closed the PATH Center will serve all residents seeking shelter. Part of the new EAU plan includes adding overnight beds.

Construction on the EAU building is expected to last until 2008.

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