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HOUSTON A southwest Houston homeless shelter is operating on borrowed time, and some of the residents are living in fear.

It s scary, said Nate Jenkins, a 47-year-old resident who s lived at the Second Chance Refuge run by the New Deliverance Church since May.

It I have to leave, it would hurt. It would really hurt, he said.

Jenkins is not alone.

A total of 29 residents could be forced to move out after City of Houston Code Enforcement officials cited the facility for not having a certificate of occupancy.

Officials ordered the operators to install sprinklers and egress windows, and called the existing structure dangerous.

I m very upset about it, said Reverend Janice Caslin, who helps run the operation. I don t know what to do. I m seeking all the help I can get.

A year ago, the facility nearly shut down when funding began to dry up. Most of the residents are former convicts who have no place else to go.

I want to be in compliance with the city, said Caslin. I m not trying to neglect anything. I ve just had a hard time.

Caslin plans to appeal the notice, which could buy her more time to make the needed improvements.

Some residents just hope they won t have to move out.

It would be a really big blow, Jenkins said.

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