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Groundbreaking set for Tuscaloosa shelter

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Source: Terri Brewer/ WBRC Source: Terri Brewer/ WBRC
Source: Terri Brewer/ WBRC Source: Terri Brewer/ WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The groundbreaking for The Salvation Army's new Tuscaloosa shelter will be Friday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m., at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and 29th Street.

The former shelter at that location was destroyed in the April 27, 2011, tornado.
 
Local board chairman Ken Swindle says The Salvation Army has raised about $5 million toward the project so far.

They still have about $600,000 left to raise. Swindle says anyone who wishes to contribute should earmark their donation for the shelter.

Plans for the shelter call for it to have 73 beds. There will also be a safe room where the community can take shelter in situations like severe weather.

Swindle says there will be areas for specific groups, as well as room to grow.

"We'll have a man's wing, we'll have a woman's wing, we'll have the veterans' wing and then we'll have the family wing," Swindle said.

"And we can add pods to those, at very little cost to us, so we're excited about the way we're going to build the new shelter," Swindle added.
 
Swindle says The Salvation Army recently conducted a study that showed about 400 people in the Tuscaloosa area without homes.

He said based on how many people used the previous shelter, 73 beds should be able to meet demand for space at the shelter.
 
Swindle said the goal is to have the new shelter open by August 2015.

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