Bismarck City Commission addresses urgent need for emergency shelter

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck City Commission spoke Tuesday evening about using the 2017 special project budget to help fund a short-term emergency shelter in the area.

The budget includes $35,000, where $10,000 of that would be used to help support emergency homeless sheltering services.

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary said this is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed because of how cold it is, and the city commissioners are interested in helping out, but they need a written plan first.

"In terms of the city, that means all of us, if we have the financial wherewithal to provide some assistance, when it involves human life like this, I think it is pretty much expected that we do that," said Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary.

The commissioners tabled the discussion on giving $10,000 to United Way until a later date.

United Way has been offering homeless services to the Bis-Man area.