- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The closing of Cedar House Shelter means fewer beds are available for homeless men in Cedar Rapids.

The 16-bed shelter opened in 2001. It closed late last month after a merger with another group fell through because of problems with the Cedar House building. Judy Wolfe, who leads the Cedar House board, says the board wasn’t comfortable with continuing operations in the building, and there wasn’t enough money to move to a new spot.

Tim Wilson is director of the Willis Dady Shelter and he says the loss of Cedar House removes about a third of the beds available for single homeless men in Cedar Rapids.

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