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Detroit homeless shelter plans new $20M services center

Posted at 10:45 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 12:29:18-05

A prominent Detroit homeless shelter plans to move out of the city's Midtown area to a new $20 million homeless services center on the city's east side.

The Detroit Free Press reports the Neighborhood Service Organization says construction on the services center, tentatively called the Sanctuary, is scheduled to begin early next year.

The organization's President and CEO Sheilah Clay tells the newspaper the three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility will include 75 one-bedroom apartments in addition to shelter space and on-site health care, substance abuse treatment and other amenities.

Clay says the move represents a decade-long goal of moving the social service agency's homeless services into a larger, more modern facility close to major bus lines. The site would replace the Tumaini Center. New shelter space could be open in 2018.