MONTPELIER, Vt. — A new homeless shelter has opened for the winter in Vermont’s capital city.

About 20 beds will be available at Bethany Church in Montpelier as part of overflow services launched by Good Samaritan Haven, a year-round shelter in Barre. Officials say many of the beds were empty on the shelter’s first night Wednesday, but they expect more usage as word spreads.

The Times Argus reports that the shelter was able to expand its offerings, thanks to a one-time $600,000 appropriation from the state Legislature. It is also providing 14 overflow beds at Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre.

The shelter’s executive director, Brooke Jenkins, says the Montpelier community has been “overwhelmingly supportive.”