BUTTE, Mont. — The Butte Rescue Mission has purchased land and a vacant warehouse to establish a new homeless shelter a year after the old shelter had to close due to fire code violations.

The Montana Standard reports Thursday’s announcement of the $185,000 purchase of the building and 1.6 acres of land comes a day after Town Pump announced a donation of up to $400,000 to the mission for a new shelter. The Gianforte Family Foundation also donated $270,000.

Mission executive director Rocky Lyons says the mission plans to bring in portable housing units to shelter up to 56 people while the building will be used for administrative offices, a health clinic, a chapel and social and job-seeking programs.

The mission must set up water, electrical and natural gas connections. Lyons hopes to open the shelter by this fall.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com