BISMARCK, N.D. - Since October, United Way has helped more than 350 people find a place to sleep at night after the men's emergency shelter closed. After almost four months without an emergency shelter in Bismarck, the search is over.
"We need a homeless shelter in Bismarck-Mandan and we need to really embrace these folks,” said Jena Gullo, MSA United Way Executive Director.
MSA United Way took over finding places for people to stay since the Ruth Meiers building closed in October, while trying to find a more permanent solution. And now they have, renting out two wings on two floors of the Sunrise apartment building on 3rd Street in downtown Bismarck. One wing with 10 rooms will be for men, the other with 3 to 4 rooms for women and children.
"They're a part of our community. They're people you may even know, whether it's from childhood, or classmates of some of your kids,” Gullo said.
Building co-owner Taylor Rash says existing tenants of the building won't be affected, and the wings will be completely separate from the apartments with a secure door. They will also have security at the building every night. Renovations are being done to the building and an opening date for the shelter hasn't been set.
Case managers will also be on-site to help with applying for jobs, housing and getting medical help.
United Way is looking for hygiene and cleaning supply donations for the new shelter.