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Boise closes day shelter, shifts funds to Interfaith Sanctuary

Posted: 1:02 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 15:02:40-04

BOISE, Idaho — The city of Boise has closed a day shelter for homeless families and plans on moving some of the funding to Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter, which will begin offering day shelter services seven days a week later this month.

Interfaith Sanctuary Jodi Peterson-Stigers told the Idaho Statesman that shelter officials hope to reduce the trauma families experience from having nowhere to go on the weekends. Interfaith Sanctuary currently operates a day shelter Monday through Friday, along with an overnight emergency shelter.

Boise spokesman Mike Journee says attendance at the city’s shelter has been declining since Interfaith Sanctuary opened its day shelter in late 2017, so it made sense to close the city facility and rely on Interfaith Sanctuary for the service.

The city plans to lease the site of its former day shelter to Jesse Tree, a private non-profit organization that helps low-income people who are struggling to pay rent or facing eviction.

(by Associated Press)