The City of Columbia announced the launch of Rapid Shelter Columbia — the first transitional housing project + development of its kind in the southeast.
- The former Inclement Weather Center located at 191 Calhoun St. will be flipped into temporary housing units.
- ~50 new Pallet sleeping cabins will be built alongside the already existing sleeping quarters which will still be used for overflow.
- Those living in the temporary housing will have access to local professionals who plan to help these individuals find permanent housing.
- The new shelter will have 24-hour security and the city plans on hiring several staff members to manage the new site.
Construction will begin this month and is expected to be complete by November. The project will cost ~$800,000, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act + allocated funds to manage the existing facility.