• December 25, 2014

Overnight shelter for homeless in Temple remains elusive

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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 4:30 am

Although services for low- or no-income people are multiplying, a place for homeless people to stay overnight remains elusive in Temple since the closing of Martha’s Kitchen.

Local organizations such as Feed My Sheep, Churches Touching Lives for Christ, and the Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope, which is under construction, can offer food, educational programs, showers and haircuts, but none has extended overnight lodging.

Some facilities, such as Feed My Sheep, allow people to stay for a few nights during cold weather, but nothing is available for those seeking longer visits.

About 165 children in the Temple School District alone are homeless, and people who use the Feed My Sheep building at 112 W. Avenue G at night have brought in their children, said Jim Hornsby, president of the Feed My Sheep board of directors.

As far as long-term shelter for homeless women, Hornsby said, “There’s nothing for women on the street.”

He said he is in touch with a woman who would like to open an area women’s shelter and care group. She is looking for house to buy.

Other options available for the homeless are Family Promise, which provides families places to stay. There also is a shelter for battered women and their families, and the city of Temple opens certain facilities as warming centers during extremely cold weather.

“One of my goals is to get something going quickly,” Hornsby said.

Homeless shelters are available in Killeen, Waco and Austin.

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