Waterloo Warming Center finds new spot to serve the homeless
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A warming center being evicted for not meeting fire codes has found a new spot to serve the homeless in Waterloo.
The Waterloo Warming Center announced Tuesday it will be moving to the former Hawkeye Community College Metro Center and open for service on Friday.
The overnight shelter opened Jan. 6 at Jubilee United Methodist Church Freedom Center to provide a safe haven from freezing temperatures. But organizers later were told it would have to close Jan. 21 because inspectors found the space didn’t have a sprinkler system — a requirement for any building serving residential needs.
More time was granted after officials learned organizers were trying to relocate to the former college center or the basement of the county courthouse.
The center will operate in the old college building through March 31. Organizers are pursuing options for next winter.
The Waterloo Warming Center is open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night and operates with donations and volunteers.