The Western Carolina Rescue Ministries plans to launch a $7 million construction project in May that will double space and services for homeless people and people battling drug and alcohol addiction.
The shelter has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, which puts the homeless shelter about halfway toward its funding goal for the construction project, Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Director Vic Howard said Wednesday.
The shelter consists of three buildings and is located on the western end of the downtown portion of Patton Avenue, near the intersection with Haywood Street. It provides 300 meals a day to homeless people and overnight shelter for 100 men, women and children every night, according to Howard. The shelter also offers 24 beds for its alcohol- and drug-addiction program.
The shelter’s new building will be four-stories tall and be built at the shelter’s current location. Construction is scheduled to begin May 13, Howard said.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor