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Published January 12, 2012, 03:35 PM

Solving the trouble with transporting the homeless

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Advocates for the unprecedented number of homeless in the metro are scrambling to solve the trouble with transportation.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Advocates for the unprecedented number of homeless in the metro are scrambling to solve the trouble with transportation.

One volunteer driver is busing people in need of a warm place to sleep from shelters to churches. Every week, one of eight churches is a host site. The driver has to make multiple trips at night and in the morning.

He's using a 12 person van from the Housing Authority, but advocates are trying to get a grant for emergency funding to pay about eight thousand dollars for insurance, gas and a commercial licensed driver to use a large bus.

PASTOR SUE KOESTERMAN - Elim Lutheran Church: “How to transport guests from the shelters to the host sites has been something that's been very difficult to navigate. But transportation has been the biggest hurdle to overcome by far.”

Advocates will find out if they get that grant in a couple weeks. If you'd like to become a driver or donate, go to www.fmhomeless.org. You can also call the F-M Coalition for Homeless Persons.

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