Volunteers build small, single shelters for Akron’s homeless. Reported by Amanda Garrett.

Akron city officials still grappling with the future of one homeless village are about to face plans for a second. Dave Murray, who launched the idea of a single shelter for a man living in the woods near downtown last year, closed a deal this week to buy a foreclosed funeral home on the corner of South Arlington Street and Minota Avenue in East Akron. He envisions using the building on the property — the former J.E. Scott Funeral Home — as a shower house with restrooms, kitchen, laundry and community meeting space. The parking lot behind the funeral home, he said, would be where homeless people live in individual shelters — each 7 feet by 7.5 feet — clustered in groups of three with access to electricity.