Shelter to host grand opening

COVINGTON - The new homeless shelter that recently opened at 7153 Turner Lake Circle will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The public will be able to tour the building, Director Clara Lett said.

"They'll be able to see the shelter, because a lot of people just don't know. They think we've got people sleeping on the floor," she said.

Lett said the shelter is not full, and currently houses 36 people. The shelter can sleep up to 80, she said. Local Boy Scouts built the beds for the building and several churches have donated mattresses and pillows, Lett said. The shelter has been open about three weeks, she said.

The shelter is run by Rainbow Covenant Ministries, which previously was headquartered in Porterdale at Rainbow Covenant Church.

The old shelter, along with two residences owned by the ministry, have been shut down, Lett said.

The Covington City Council bought the property for the new shelter, the former site of McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council, and helped fund renovations for a total of $1.08 million.

The city turned the property over to the Covington Housing Authority, which is leasing the property to Rainbow Covenant Ministries.

A $100,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped pay for repairs as well.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.