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Story last updated at 8:53 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Refuge Room plans to close doors Sunday



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Refuge Room will close Sunday, said Pastor Darren Williams, head of Refuge Chapel and the church that runs the men's housing facility on Pioneer Avenue.

Refuge Room lost an appeal to the Homer City Council, acting as the Board of Adjustment, that upheld a decision by the Advisory Planning Commission requiring it to get a conditional use permit.

The church will help current residents find other housing, and will continue to provide counseling to the homeless, Williams said.

As part of its operation, Refuge Room has been working with other agencies to help homeless men get permanent housing.

"We hope to expand that and help people as much as we can," Williams said Monday. "We're not gong to have nightly beds available anymore."

The Refuge Room is in a small building next to Refuge Chapel. It had provided shared sleeping quarters, showers, laundry and dining facilities for men at the rate of $10 a night.

The facility also had a drug and alcohol free policy.

Williams said the city has been notified that the Refuge Room will close.

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