WILLISTON, N.D. — A program in Williston that for the past two winters helped temporarily homeless men with shelter won’t operate this winter.
The organizers of Project Heat tell the Williston Herald the oil industry slowdown combined with falling rents and more available housing in the oil patch hub have reduced the need for the service.
Project Heat was aimed at single men who were seeking jobs or having trouble finding housing despite earning a regular paycheck. The Salvation Army and several Williston-area churches organized it in 2013 with the help of numerous volunteers. A local crew camp provided 10 beds for the program.
Pastor Chris Swarthout at New Hope Church says the effort began when hotel and rental rates were “just ridiculous.” Rates have fallen as more housing has come online.
Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com
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