Time is of the essence for Reading homeless shelter

Written by The Associated Press | May 7, 2014 5:59 PM
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(Reading) -- The clock is ticking for City Light Ministries and hundreds of Reading's homeless.

The inner-city church and drop-in center for the homeless has operated a winter shelter for the past three years.

But fire officials and code inspectors say it needs to make expensive improvements before it can reopen on October 1st.

Pastor Joe Sclafani, director of the church, says the shelter needs to install sprinklers and firewalls, relocate a kitchen and expand bathrooms and showers.

The total price tag for the work needed to meet city codes is in excess of $60,000.

City Light has released a fundraising video on its website explaining the church's predicament and asking local residents, businesses, foundations and other charities to consider making a donation.

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