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The Chapel Hill homeless shelter has finally found a new home.
A brand new State Employees' Credit Union Community House celebrated its opening on Sept. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
The location at 1315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be able to provide a transitional home to 52 men, as well as 17 emergency beds used for inclement weather.
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service raised more than $5.8 million for their new facility in three years, with the SECU being the largest donor to the project — contributing $1 million. About 500 other organizations and individuals also donated to fund the new shelter.
“It’s a pretty historic day for the community for the IFC to have its own building,” Elizabeth Waugh-Duford, temporary homeless programs coordinator for the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, said.
“The current men’s shelter is leased from the town of Chapel Hill, and to have a new building with state-of-the-art facilities for our homeless folks is a great thing.”
The town of Chapel Hill owns the previous shelter located on the corner of Rosemary and North Columbia streets in the old Town Hall building.