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Killeen homeless shelter to reopen in August

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 23:17:22-04

KILLEEN, TX — A homeless shelter in Killeen that closed its doors in May, due to lack of funding, is scheduled to reopen in August.

A motion to reopen Friends In Crisis homeless shelter passed this week, allowing the shelter to reopen by Aug. 9.

Representatives from the shelter said it could reopen as early as July 26 depending on funds received.

"This past week we received over $8,000 in donations so we’re right at $90,000 right now. We are approaching that $100,000 mark," said Larry Moehnke, from Friends in Crisis.

The shelter will be cleared and cleaned for sanitation on July 15.

Friends In Crisis, which hosts more than 75 people a night, was forced to temporarily shut down for the first time on May 14. The facility first opened in 2015.

Since closing its doors, the shelter has allowed people to sleep outside of the building.

"They don't care who you are, where you're from, what mistakes you have made in your life, all they want to do is help you," said Allen Kimble, who has been staying outside the location.

The Director of Programs Suzanne Armour said it takes an estimated $1,000 a day to run the shelter, averaging $30,000 a month, all of which comes from donations.

Since the tent city formed, many groups have been active to support the homeless. Mercedes Wesley facilitates and distributes donations through a Facebook page called "Together we are stronger."

"Citizens have just stepped up and stepped out and they are really trying to help their community neighbors regardless of the situation right now," said Wesley.

She said they have received an overwhelming amount of food donations. The Facebook page is designed to help meet the changing needs of the homeless population.

She is working closely alongside a new organization, Operation Pay it Forward, which was formed after the shelter's closure. They are currently seeking 501(c)(3) status.