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.