Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter in Lewiston gets initial approval

The Lewiston Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for the Union Gospel Mission to construct and operate a 96-bed homeless shelter along Snake River Avenue.

If approved, the shelter would be constructed at 419 Snake River Ave. and not accept anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The first phase would have a new, two-story building with 48 beds for men on the first level and 36 beds for moms and children on the second level, which would also have 12 beds for single women.

The living areas for men would be separate from those for women and children. Single men and single women would sleep in dormitory-style rooms with multiple beds. Mothers would be housed with children.

The planning and zoning commission will vote on the project again at an upcoming meeting, and if it’s approved, the decision can be appealed to the Lewiston City Council. (Lewiston Tribune)

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