Seven churches in the North Dakota oil patch city of Dickinson are banding together to help the homeless.
Dickinson, N.D. (AP) Seven churches in the North Dakota oil patch city of Dickinson are banding together to help the homeless.
The Dickinson Churches United For The Homeless group has received a permit from the city to temporarily create a place for 15 men to sleep on cold winter nights.
The churches will operate as shelters in February and March. That the two-month trial will give the church group time to work out any kinks before coming to the City Commission with a permanent plan.
Some residents have questioned whether a shelter will exacerbate the problem of job-seekers coming to Dickinson without housing. Commissioner Klayton Oltmanns says news outlets around the world already are touting the demand for jobs in the oil patch.