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Nonprofit agencies face coming crisis as Bismarck homeless shelter closes

Posted 10/11/17 (Wed)

Heartview Foundation, which provides chemical dependency treatment, has submitted a bid on the property, said Doug Herzog, technology and program development director.

If the bid is successful, Heartview would commit to keeping the emergency shelter open at least through the end of March and contract with another entity to operate it, Herzog said.

“We want to make sure there isn’t a day that goes by without assistance,” Herzog said during a meeting last week of Bismarck-Mandan nonprofit groups working to address the emergency shelter crisis.

However, even if the bid is successful, it’s unlikely Heartview could close on the property by Nov. 1, Herzog said.

Steve Neu, interim executive director for Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, said during the meeting it’s a possibility the emergency shelter could stay open after Oct. 31 if a sale is not yet finalized, but he said that decision would be up to the board. 

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