In a heartening sign that maybe the world isn’t about to end, the Manassas City Council last week approved a 4,000-square-foot expansion of a homeless shelter for families, reported. And the charity which runs the shelter, Northern Virginia Family Service, says it actually has the funds to make this happen.

The shelter on Dean Drive will be able to increase the number of its beds from 60 to 92. The program that runs the shelter, SERVE [Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteers Efforts], gets its funding from donations of money and services, and also about 11 percent apiece from Manassas City and Prince William County.

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to expand and reach more people,” NVFS spokesman Graham Marsden told InsideNova. “There are many families that find themselves in a temporary situation due to foreclosures or being forced out of a rental home that becomes foreclosed and numerous other factors. We serve a lot of families.”

Keith Walker of InsideNova has the full story.