- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City officials say a temporary winter homeless shelter has been regularly operating above capacity as its planned closing date draws near.

KCRG-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1DwKTDV ) the shelter had been scheduled to close at the end of February, but since it exceeds capacity on a nightly basis, officials say they’re considering pushing back its close date. The shelter, which opened Jan. 5 in a former grocery store, has housed people ineligible to stay at Iowa City’s permanent shelter.

Mark Sertterh has helped with the temporary shelter, and he says the building’s capacity is 25 people, but that a few more typically spend the night there. He says the shelter might remain open into March.

Joe Swanson, who frequents the temporary shelter, says he’s not sure what he’ll do when it closes.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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