- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Construction of Bemidji’s first homeless shelter allowing chronic alcohol and drug users is about a month behind schedule.

The 16-bed shelter was expected to open Nov. 1, but work to convert the former downtown church is still ongoing. Nameless Coalition for the Homeless chairman Reed Olson tells Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1Nd59Kr ) that the shelter should open next month, hopefully before the area sees snowfall.

Olson says the project is delayed because it’s been plagued by red tape and complications. He says the final purchase agreements took longer than expected and the building needed additional work to bring it up to code.

The Nameless Coalition formed in 2013 with plans to open a shelter that winter.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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