BISMARCK, N.D. — A Bismarck men’s emergency shelter is planning to shut its doors and sell.

Interim Executive Director Steve Neu confirmed last week that financial difficulties have led to the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, The Bismarck Tribune reported .

“It’s a business decision, and we want to provide the greatest service to the greatest number with the greatest need,” Neu said.

Neu said the organization wants to refocus its efforts to broader services for families and community reintegration.

The shelter offers a residential program that provides short-term housing and casework services. Apartments are also available for homeless people in need of affordable accommodations.

The emergency shelter houses about 30 to 70 homeless men a night. Neu said at maximum capacity the facility can house 300 people.

Neu said a closing date hasn’t been set. But he said he wants to work with the city to create more emergency shelters.

“We are working this through and we’re bringing parties together to talk about emergency shelter in general,” Neu said.

Robert Faut stays at the men’s shelter. He said talks of closure have created uncertainty among those who depend on the shelter.

“Everybody that is staying here is on their toes,”Faut said. “They’re pretty uneasy.”

Bismarck City Commissioner Nancy Guy said a contingency plan to assist the homeless is being created by the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People.

“We want to certainly support the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People’s efforts to put together some kind of a contingency plan, so when the weather turns cold, we aren’t in a bad situation with folks not being sheltered,” said Guy.


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

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