PRESS-CITIZEN | For the fourth year in a row, Shelter House will offer a temporary emergency winter shelter for people who have nowhere to sleep when the weather turns cold.
The nonprofit has reached an agreement with Johnson County to run the shelter out of a county-owned building at 821 S. Clinton St. The county will not charge rent for the space and will continue to pay for utilities.
Janelle Rettig, chair of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, said the completion of the county’s Ambulance and Medical Examiner building earlier this year freed up space in the other county building which had been used for storage.
“It was filled with all of our physical plant stuff and all of the auditor’s elections equipment and all of that has been moved to the new building,” Rettig said. So county staff approached Shelter House and offered to let them use the building, she said.
Mark Sertterh, associate executive director of Shelter House, said he expects the emergency shelter to begin operations sometime in the first week of December. Shelter House is currently working with a contractor to finish modifications to the building, like an accessible entrance and bathroom, that need to be complete before it can open, he said. In previous years, the shelter has run from mid-December to mid-March.