Bismarck City Commission discusses funding for homeless crisis

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As temperatures continue to drop, there’s still no solution to the homeless crisis in Bismark-Mandan. But the Bismarck City Commission is exploring a possible option.

And that option is funding. The commission discussed allowing 10-thousand dollars from the special projects fund that was untouched in 2017’s budget. That money would go to housing roughly 18 homeless persons every night in a local motel. United Way’s Jena Gullo says they have used 32-thousand dollars of their own money since the closing of Ruth Meier’s emergency shelter, but no decision was made tonight. The commission asked Gullo for a written plan first. 

“From the discussion tonight, you know, we’ll see what happens. We needed a plan, I needed a plan to feel more comfortable to release those funds and to see what those funds were going to do and make sure that they’re helping the people that need to be helped,” said commissioner Steve Marquardt.

That plan is expected to be presented by the next commission meeting, January 9th. 

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