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This Winter Shelter Has Closed For The Season

During the winter, the overflow shelter at King's Harvest gave nearly 400 people a break from the cold. Last week, the winter emergency shelter in Davenport closed its doors. It served 396 people, and gave them information about housing to use throughout the year.

Leslie Kilgannon, Executive Director of the Scott County Housing Council, says nearly 100 of the people had never been entered into the homeless management information system. 

"This datebase is able to connect people more quickly to services. So, that is a good thing that so many people had not already been entered into that, therefore, they were being connected to services if they wanted them."

Kilgannon says council has created two tasks forces. One is for short term projects like the emergency shelter. The second task force will focus on long term projects, such as eliminating the need for emergency shelters. 

"A goal of creating an affordable housing vision for the entire Quad Cities, you know, not exclusive of Rock Island County or Scott County, but to really create a regional vision, to address the challenges of affordable housing; everything from shelter to affordable rental units."

The Quad Cities Housing Cluster raised 70 thousand dollars last year to open King's Harvest and staff it.