Rapid City homeless shelter overflowing during summer months - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City homeless shelter overflowing during summer months

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Summer is tourism season in the Black Hills, which means motels fill up quickly, and some homeless people who usually live there have nowhere to stay.   

Cornerstone Rescue Mission Director, Jim Castleberry says local motels up their rates and many people can no longer afford to live there, forcing them to sleep at the mission.

Currently, 116 people are living at the men's shelter, including several who sleep in the hallways.

On an average day the shelter sees around 95 people.

Mission Clinical Director, Lysa Allison says the overflow is also due to the capacity of the women and children's shelter.   

"I think there's more transient coming through, I mean transient, by people doing some tourism," said Allison. "But our women and children's home is full so that means that some of the people, women and children are staying here until space opens up in our women's home." 

Allison says they are currently looking to build a new home since the women and children's shelter is always full.

They estimate it will cost about $350,000.

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