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New Marshfield homeless shelter will house families

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - By the beginning of March, organizers hope to open the doors of a new transitional homeless shelter in Marshfield .

Construction is almost finished and ready for families to move in. The homeless population in Marshfield is growing says shelter director Brittany Boyer. The issue has caught the attention of the city.

"It seems from what we're hearing there is a need for some sort of temporary or transitional housing in our community. We get word from people like United Way and others that talk about the folks that are down and out in our community or passing through," says Marshfield city administrator Steve Barg.

The new shelter will be located on Vine Street in Marshfield. Newsline 9 talked with a neighbor who lives near the shelter. He expressed concerns about the shelter going up so close to his home.

Once the shelter is finished, families can move in. Boyer says besides just living there, family members have to agree to take classes, including resume writing, basic computer skills, and GED coursework.

"It's a population you don't see very often. Communities do a wonderful job at hiding it. Especially in smaller towns, you don't see homeless sitting on the corner of the street begging for money."

Shelter leaders hope this building will become a support for what they call the hidden population.

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