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NC homeless shelter to charge $3 a night

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Starting next week, the homeless shelter in Wilmington will start charging some of its clients.

All new clients will be allowed to stay a month at the Good Shepherd Center for free.  If they enter a program designed to help them find permanent housing, the free stay could last 90 days.  If not, they will be charged $3 a night.

Workers say they hope they don't have to collect any money because it would mean people are working on their housing plans.

Verna Mansfield, Administrative Director at the center, said the policy change is not designed to turn anyone away, but as a way to help the homeless develop a plan to get back on their feet.

"We're not saying you have to leave after 30 days, we're just saying that if you choose to stay after 30 days without formulating a plan, then this is what you're going to have to do," said Mansfield.

Shelter administrators came up with the plan in 2005, but never put implemented it until now.  The money from the overnight fees will go towards the shelter's general fund.

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