ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who are facing homelessness will soon have a new place to go for help.
The Arlington Life Shelter is opening an additional facility today, right next door to the existing shelter.READ MORE: State Sen. Bryan Hughes Defends Texas Abortion Law He Authored As Legal Challenges Mount
The new building has seven family bedrooms, so parents and children can stay together instead of being split into the men and womenâs dorms. The rooms increase the number of beds at the shelter by 40%.
The 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility also has separate spaces for toddlers, kids and teens, along with a playground built into the building. Those additions are meant to give kids a sense of normalcy while they stay at the shelter.
Jim Reeder, the shelterâs interim executive director, says none of it would be possible without support from the community.READ MORE: Young Woman Who Helped North Texas Police Bring Down Drug Ring Believes She Saved Lives
âAcross all of Arlington, itâs really been a program of kindness seeing how the community has stepped up to help the homeless here,â he said. âWe hope it will give them some motivation and excitement, that people care about them.â
The $5 million building also has a larger kitchen and dining hall, which gives the shelter the ability to serve more people more efficiently.
Staff are still putting the finishing touches on everything in the new building.MORE NEWS: 'Your Rule-Making Proposal Sucks': Texas Lawmakers Scold Railroad Commission Head Over Potential Critical Infrastructure Loophole
Some residents will be able to stay in the facility starting today, while families are expected to move in the next few weeks.