Bismarck men’s shelter being sold but future still uncertain
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An emergency men’s shelter in Bismarck that’s facing financial problems might remain open this winter if an entity can be found to operate it.
Officials announced in August that the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House would be closed and sold. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Heartview Foundation is buying the facility and is willing to allow its use as a shelter this winter.
However, Heartview Executive Director says the foundation that provides chemical dependency treatment doesn’t have funding or staff to operate a homeless shelter.
The Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People says groups that have been working to address the emergency shelter crisis will meet again this week to discuss the matter.
The shelter houses 30-70 men each night and is the only facility of its kind in Bismarck-Mandan.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com