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Butte's homeless shelter may soon be homeless

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BUTTE, Mont. - A Montana homeless shelter may soon be homeless.

The Butte Rescue Mission must vacate the house it currently uses by April 3 after inspectors found code violations and safety concerns. The Butte-Silver Bow County Zoning Board on Monday denied the mission a permit to move its services to a vacant school.

People who live near the school opposed the move, fearing it would lead to increased crime and decreased property values.

The mission has 30 days to appeal the zoning decision.

Mission board president Paul Buckley said that the mission has no plans to search for another location. He says they're working on moving their offices and will decide what services they will continue to provide.

The rescue mission houses 30 to 40 people a night and provides three meals a day.

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