BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson has started some remodeling work at his department’s work center to add a 48-bed warming shelter in Bend. The request for a warming shelter came from county commissioners in November. They said Bend is about 100 beds short of enough beds on any given cold night. Sheriff's Sergeant William Bailey told KBND News, "We were able to do some consolidation and with some remodeling and building a wall, they'll be able to open one half of the Work Center. " Bailey added, "They'll hand it over to the Homeless Leadership Coalition and they'll operate the 48 bed Warming Center for men and women." The new shelter is expected to open on or about December 15th.