City officials looking to help with lack of emergency shelter

City leaders are considering permanent solutions for housing the homeless after the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House shut down a month ago.

Since then, United Way has stepped in to provide emergency housing. Last night, 41 people were served, including families. The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People is helping lead the way.

"The homeless coalition, they're getting their plan together before they present to all of our entities and to the community to see what that may look like. So there's a lot of different ideas and thoughts out there what that may look like but we'll have to go, take their lead," said Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt.

Parks and Rec employees say they have found men huddled in park bathrooms to stay warm since the shelter shut down.