MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - A nonprofit organization that provides services for Memphis' homeless plans to expand by buying the city block on which it sits.
Union Mission president Scott Bjork says the organization wants to buy 3.1 acres for an undisclosed amount in a cash sale with money raised through donations, according to The Commercial Appeal.
The mission offers emergency services for the homeless at six locations. The location seeking expansion houses homeless men and moves them into long-term substance abuse or other recovery programs. On certain days, groups of men can be seen waiting outside the shelter for open spots.
The expansion will allow the mission to refurbish an existing building into a dining hall for nearly 100 people and house more men comfortably. A land use board must approve the plans.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com