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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Planning officials want to turn part of a Mandan addiction treatment center into a temporary homeless shelter and transitional housing for men recently released from prison.

Those who live near the North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge facility are being asked to offer feedback on the request for a special use permit to serve as a temporary shelter, the Bismarck Tribune reported .

A public hearing about the proposal will be held on Nov. 27 at Mandan City Hall. If approved, the request would then be considered by the city commission.

The Missouri Slope Areawide United Way has been filling the emergency housing gap while officials figure out a permanent shelter solution for the area.

A men’s shelter that served the area for 30 years closed last month. It sent residents to its primary facility apartments and offered a transitional living program for $60 a week.

Residents were told they needed to leave the transitional apartments by last Friday. They had been vacated as of Monday, according to interim director Steve Neu.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,