Bismarck and Mandan have been without an emergency homeless shelter since October 27. Since then, the United Way has been helping provide services for those on the streets.
The North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge facility in Mandan has applied for a special use permit with the city's planning and zoning commission. The organization wants to use the southeast part of the building as an emergency shelter and/or transitional housing for men coming out of jail and prison.
"There's a big propensity for not in my backyard and oh my gosh this could be horrible but I think it's more horrible to have people die and get frostbite,” Shauna Laber with the Mandan Planning and Zoning Commission said. “I mean there's a lot of really negative things that can happen if you don't have a facility that can help people so I think it’s important that we listen to everything and try to come up with the best plan for everyone.”
The commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 5:15 p.m. on Monday in Mandan City Hall.