Columbia City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to open a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency homeless shelter for seven months beginning Sept. 24.
According to today’s State Paper, Council approved general guidelines for how it will proceed in dealing with the city’s homeless people. But council did not enter a formal contract with Christ Central Ministries, the organization that is slated to run the shelter. That contract will be discussed at council’s Sept. 17 meeting.
The city will provide the same amount of funding it did last year, $500,000 in a contract with Christ Central Ministries. It also will pay for about $40,000 for costs associated with utilities.
Council also voted to undo what it did at the last meeting, Councilman Cameron Runyan, who proposed the homeless plan at the last council meeting, said the city is not going to forcibly confine anyone to the shelter.