The transformation from fire department maintenance building to an emergency housing facility is almost complete at 421 S. Mapleton St.

Brighter Days Housing is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 29, designed to house up to 36 people in need of immediate emergency housing in Columbus.

Although it has been referred to as a homeless shelter from inception to completion, stakeholders suggest that such a phrase conjures up negative connotations compared to the positives the new shelter can provide.

“We’re trying to avoid the word ‘homeless,’” said Love Chapel’s executive director, Elizabeth Kestler, as she walked through the newly painted rooms and hallways. “This will be a housing facility for people who are struggling.”

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.