- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A temporary winter homeless shelter in Iowa City will remain open two weeks longer than initially planned.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen (https://icp-c.com/1KyLsBb ) reports Shelter House officials received a permit extension from city officials on Feb. 20 allowing them to continue operating the temporary winter shelter until March 14. It’s currently located in a former Aldi grocery store.

Assistant Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin said Thursday the decision was made because the forecast was still going to be very cold as the closing date approached. The winter shelter is open for homeless people who may not be able to stay at the main shelter, either because they are intoxicated or have been evicted in the past from the main facility in early January.

Iowa City Police Officer David Schwindt, who serves on the Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board, said that he and others were worried about temperatures dipping into the single digits, and that the extra weeks would be greatly appreciated.

“The city, the property owners, everyone involved with this program has been quite helpful when it comes to allowing the shelter to remain open,” Schwindt said.

Fruin said that the Aldi building will not remain empty forever, and that a long-term solution is needed.

“Things went very well with the shelter this year. But we have to get everyone who helped fund it and discuss what’s going to happen next winter,” Fruin said.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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