LONGS, SC (WMBF) - New plans are in the works for the North Strand Housing Shelter in Longs, which is one of only a handful of homeless shelters in the county, and the only one that provides shelter for families.
The plans are to build a new 37-bed facility on the same lot, thanks to $150,000 coming from the Community Block Grant. The allocation of the money is partially the result of the county's community needs survey.
The director says the need to house more homeless in the county has been growing in recent years.
"We are not big on numbers, but we wanted to get an idea of what was really going on," said Dana Black, the shelter director. "We had calls representing 600 people and more than 100 of those people had children."
Black has been working to secure even more funding. She hopes to get $300,000 in additional funds from the State House Trust Fund. She just mailed off the grant application Monday.
The new facility will be a 5,000 square-foot, two-story building with a V.A. wing and a wing for families. They hope to get started on building it by this fall.