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Report: Daytona city commissioners will house homeless in motels

Working to come up with plan for temporary shelter

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – City commissioners in Daytona Beach will reportedly start housing the homeless staying in a Salvation Army shelter in motels.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the plan will start on Monday, when the shelter closes its doors.

Currently, the Salvation Army is helping nearly 100 people at its temporary shelter. However, that is set to close on Aug.1. 

The shelter was set to close on Tuesday, but the group extended the closing date. 

The motel rooms are expected to cost the city anywhere from $6,000 to $16,000 each week, depending on how many people take the offer.

Last week, city commissioners voted against using the vacant Armed Forces Reserve Center as a temporary shelter after some residents argued about the location, safety and property.

The city hopes to build a more permanent shelter on five acres of public property west of Interstate 95, but that won't be ready until spring 2017 at the earliest.


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