Another homeless shelter in the Bismarck-Mandan area is closing. KXMB News reports the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House will close their men's emergency shelter in Bismarck.

Ruth Meier's interim director says cuts in funding and an increased need for family housing were factors in making the cut.

"What I'm afraid of is [people] are going to all of a sudden be forced out the door," said a shelter resident.

KX says the shelter is the only emergency shelter in the area designated to serving men.

A resident speculated on where he and the other homeless men could go: Either relocation or hotel rooms, or staying with buddies, if they can find any, I think that's what's really going to happen and I think it'll just create a greater problem."

Recently, another shelter, the Welcome House, was forced to move from Mandan to Bismarck.

A yearly survey shows the state's homeless population has increased in the past year from 216 to 331.

[Source: KXMB-TV]

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