MERRILL - Merrill went without a homeless shelter for the last two winters.
Now, construction is finally about to begin on a new one.
The building was donated to the Merrill Community Homeless Center board in October.
Board Secretary Dee Olsen says Merrill has had 30 adults and five families suffering from homelessness in the last five months.
"We know the need is there. We have to try and reach out and try to take care of the those who are struggling to have a place to sleep even. I mean, my goodness, we all sort of take that for granted," said Olsen.
Construction permits were approved last week.
"That was quite a process. We had to have a number of inspections done but it's all approved now," Olsen said.
One of the inspections did find some asbestos on one of the pipes.
Olsen said it will be cleaned up by Monday.
Then construction crews will start their work on Tuesday.
"Two and a half months or so before we're ready to open, at least the first floor level. Which will be the warming center and cooling center now for the summer months. Then we'll be opening the upstairs portion as soon as possible," said Olsen.
There will be transitional housing upstairs.
Olsen said they are still in need of donations to both complete construction and help run the center.
Donations can be sent to: Habitat Home, PO Box 324, Merrill, WI 54452.