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Published January 08 2012

Officials plan for Williston homeless shelter

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials are planning for a temporary homeless shelter in the booming North Dakota Oil Patch city of Williston.

Upper Missouri Ministries director Nick Johnson says the effort began when two dozen representatives of churches and nonprofits discussed what to do when the weather turns frigid.

Upper Missouri Ministries has a camp facility in Epping that is being used temporarily as a shelter, mainly for families. Johnson says the goal is to have an emergency shelter in Williston that would provide a warm place to sleep. Cots and blankets are available from the state and Salvation Army. Officials just need to find a building to house them.

Officials also are looking for churches or nonprofits willing to open their doors for the night on a rotating schedule.