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Homeless Shelter to be Built in Downtown Killeen

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -

The Killeen City Council has approved federal funding to build a new homeless shelter in downtown Killeen.

The project received a $500,000 community development block grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The new shelter was proposed by the local nonprofit group, Families in Crisis Inc., who has provided shelter and services to domestic and sexual abuse survivors in the area for nearly 33 years.

"This is a great opportunity for us to form new partnerships, to rely on our old friends to kind of get together and, as a community, get this shelter up and running," Families in Crisis Inc. Programs Director Suzanne Armour said.  "There's going to be a lot of opportunity for folks to donate, to volunteer, just to get involved."

The nonprofit is planning to renovate a 9,000-square-foot building in downtown Killeen to serve as an overnight shelter that can hold 70 men and women.

Building on the new facility will begin in October with the shelter set to be completed by March 2015.

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