The Kearney City Council has passed a vote allowing the city's only homeless shelter to expand, and begin housing more people.
The decision was made during Tuesday's city council meeting, in response to a request from Crossroads Rescue Mission and Homeless Shelter's Executive Director Jerry Bumgardner.
Bumgardner says the shelter has been at capacity since opening its doors in February, with a waiting list of at least 15 people every single day. But with the city council's blessing, the shelter will now be able to house 42 people instead of 27, and Bumgardner says they won't waste any time filling those extra spots.
"Now having the additional 15, which makes it 42, it gives us a lot of relief," he said. "What it means is those people that are on the waiting list, actually tonight we can call them and give them a place to stay."
Bumgardner says he's been amazed at the support the shelter has received since opening its doors.
"Kearney has wrapped their arms around us and encouraged us, asking us how they can help, how they can be involved," he said. "People are coming in to volunteer, to help us, just to be a part of helping the less fortunate in Kearney, and to think that we could serve the lord in this capacity is huge. Kearney has a lot to be proud of, and we are proud to be in Kearney."
Monday night, the Hastings center was also approved for an expansion.