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Published December 28, 2013, 11:01 AM

Williston moves to allow churches serve homeless

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The city of Williston is considering allowing churches and other organizations to serve as temporary homeless shelters.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The city of Williston is considering allowing churches and other organizations to serve as temporary homeless shelters.

The Williston Herald reports that commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday that sets rules for organizations to apply for permits. A second reading for final approval is slated Jan. 16.

In September, commissioners denied a permit to allow homeless people to stay at a local church, saying it did not meet fire and safety codes to be used as a residence.

Williston is the biggest city in western North Dakota's oil patch but it does not have a homeless shelter.

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