Knox County Homeless Coalition is seeking an executive director to open Hospitality House.

Knox County's homeless shelter, which closed unexpectedly last November, is expected to reopen by the late summer or early fall.

Mid-Coast Hospitality House will be a 24-hour-per-day operation with three or four full-time staff members and volunteers, according to Helen Rogers of Owls Head. The shelter will have about 18 beds including an area specifically set aside for mothers with children and a separate area for men.

Rogers, along with a number of community, nonprofit and church leaders, has joined the Knox County Homeless Coalition. The organization has been working to secure state funding, grants and local donations to support a reinvigorated shelter to serve the needs of Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties.

Area organizations including the Rockland CareerCenter, Mid-Coast School of Technology, area churches and New Hope for Women are working with the coalition.

While the shelter has been closed, the coalition has helped provide a "shelter without walls," making sure families in need have housing in area hotels. In the summer months the hotels need the rooms for the tourist season and it is harder to find housing.

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