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LORAIN -- Some of Lorain's homeless men and women may be seeking a new place to spend their nights starting Monday.

A dispute between Catholic Charities and the city over fire safety protection is the cause.

Catholic Charities will close the seasonal shelter Monday when its occupancy permit runs out.,

The building is the former St. Joseph Church, school and rectory.

The shelter has 50 beds for men and 16 for women and children.

The shelter has been open 18 years at the site. Originally, it was a parish mission run by St. Joseph before the church was one of those closed by the Diocese.

Catholic Charities took it over.

It and the city developed a plan using temporary 30-day occupancy permits to stay open in winters. Monthly inspections overlooked some of the building's shortcomings.

Now the Lorain Fire Department is citing fire code violations for the lack of a sprinkler system and emergency power for lights.

Those citations and insurance issue would prevent the shelter's continued operations, according to Catholic Charities.

The group has a lease for a new seasonal shelter starting next year at the Horizons Acitivities Center.

The question? What will happen to those depending on the shelter for the fall and winter seasons ahead?

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