Bismarck officials still looking for shelter solution

BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck officials are still looking for a way to provide short- and long-term solutions after the only community emergency shelter shut down in October, and they are getting closer to finding a way to help.

At Tuesday’s City Commission Meeting, United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo says so far they've raised $105,000.

United Way has taken over providing housing at churches each night for the last month and a half. Gullo says a bare bones budget would be about $90,000 through April to provide housing each night. But to get a 24 hour shelter up and running, that rises to $215,000, and Gullo is asking the city to help with the funding.

"We are going to have to hire a staff we can't possibly do this on our own,” Gullo said. “We have some providers that are stepping up to provide some of the needs but this is a 24 hour a day job."

The city commission is now asking the budget committee to start looking at how much money the city can provide to help find a building and get the shelter up and running.