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Diocese plans homeless center in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls is planning a center for the homeless and the needy in South Dakota's largest city.

The diocese is buying an empty warehouse for $750,000 and planning upgrades that will run the project past $1 million. Bishop Paul Swain says the 19,600-square-foot facility could open by next winter, if the city approves the project.

It would be named the Bishop Dudley Hospitality Center, in honor of the Rev. Paul Dudley. He was bishop in Sioux Falls from 1978 to 1995.

The center would offer meals, showers, laundry facilities, telephones and other services, and possibly overnight shelter.

The diocese will take comments from the public during a Feb. 20 meeting at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.