MENOMONIE, Wis. (WLAX/WEAU) – A new shelter in Menomonie is open and ready to serve homeless individuals in Dunn County. It took a few years and around $1.5 million to build. There are 20 beds and amenities include a kitchen, laundry even private bathrooms for some.

The shelter manager says the demand is so high, they are already booked for at least a couple of months, “But right now we’ve capped the waitlist until we can work our way through those people that are currently waiting. Most of the shelters are family style, so housing single adults is harder.”

Hooter says those at the shelter can stay between 4 to 8 weeks and while they’re there, case managers work with them to try to get into housing, along with helping find employment.