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Published November 30, 2012, 10:53 AM

Churches team up to help shelter Fargo homeless

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A program established in Fargo-Moorhead last year is expanding to shelter more of the homeless in community churches during the coldest winter months.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A program established in Fargo-Moorhead last year is expanding to shelter more of the homeless in community churches during the coldest winter months.

The FM Sheltering Churches Project is aimed at helping the five local emergency shelters, which have room for about 330 people. The Forum newspaper reports that nine churches helped serve as overflow shelters in January, February and March.

Coordinator Sue Koesterman says the project will begin offering overflow shelter at 13 churches beginning Sunday and continuing through next March.

The head of the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons says the project is a short-term "Band-Aid." Laurie Baker says permanent solutions involve "community will to address the conditions of poverty and disability" that contribute to homelessness.

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