BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The United Way is helping close an emergency housing gap in Bismarck since the city's lone men's emergency shelter closed late last month.

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo tells The Bismarck Tribune that the organization has provided 150 nights of shelter for 46 people deemed to be in crisis. Shelters in Minot and Grand Forks also have offered to help.

The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House closed its men's emergency shelter Oct. 27, following financial management problems. The closure forced many homeless men back onto the street.

Efforts are still underway to open a temporary shelter for winter in Bismarck-Mandan, but community leaders have struggled to identify a location and an agency to operate it. Gullo estimates it would cost $90,000 to run a shelter through April.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com