It was announced yesterday that there will be another temporary homeless shelter this winter, located at the former Unitarian Universalist Society Church building at 10 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City:
"It really is an important service that we’ve been able to offer for the last two winters," said Mark Sertterh, associate executive director at Shelter House, "because it truly does target those who are chronically homeless and on the streets during the winter time when it is really dangerous to be out."It's estimated that it will cost $60,000 to operate this winter's temporary shelter.
Sertterh said Shelter House is hoping to open the shelter the week of Dec. 12 and has a temporary-use permit from Iowa City to use the building through March 12. The building will be able to hold 35 people from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day, he said...
Shelter House has also secured a permit from the city to expand the number of beds from 70 to 100 at its main facility at 429 Southgate Ave. this winter, bringing the total number of available beds to 135.
Updated on 12/12/16: The news broke this afternoon that Shelter House had to temporarily relocate the temporary homeless shelter from the former Unitarian Universalist Society church building. Apparently, there were some unexpected facility repairs that needed to be attended to. Instead, the temporary shelter will be located this week at Zion Lutheran Church at 310 N. Johnson Street in Iowa City. The temporary shelter is supposed to transition to the Unitarian Universalist Society church building next week.