The Killeen City Council is expected to decide at tonight’s meeting whether to give the homeless shelter additional funding to expedite its opening.

The council’s nod would allow for an amendment to increase the city’s general fund by $250,000 in the current fiscal year.

The proposal for a general-use homeless shelter was submitted to the council last year by Families in Crisis Inc., a local nonprofit that provides shelter and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Larry Moehnke, the agency’s board president, told the council at a special workshop meeting Feb. 11 that the additional funds from the council could help the facility open by December.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allotted $1.6 million to the city last year to split between local nonprofits for projects that aid the indigent population.

The homeless shelter garnered the council’s blessing and $500,000 of the federal funding in June.

The facility was originally projected to be in operation by March 2015.

The 9,000-square-foot shelter in the 400 block of Sprott Street will operate as an overnight shelter with the capacity for 72 men and women.

Moehnke said the organization has secured more than $750,000 of the estimated $1 million to complete the shelter.

In other business, the council also will consider allowing City Manager Glenn Morrison to enter into a contract with Vanir Construction Management Inc. for renovations to the Killeen Community Center.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the 40-year-old facility hasn’t been remodeled since opening in the early 1970s. If approved by the council, the renovations would include upgrades to the heating, ventilation and cooling system, new floors and basketball goals in the gymnasium, and bringing the facility up to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The meeting is slated for 5 p.m. today in the council chambers, 101 N. College St.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

(1) comment

nulisecundus

[sad]wow, 1 million to rehab a 40 year old bldg? build a new one for a hell of a lot less!
or perhaps build it where the much sought after pocket park is to go. need the homeless shelter a lot more than a pickpocket park!

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