Thursday, April 25, 2013

Green Bay homeless shelter's future remains unclear

As a tumultuous season winds down, Green Bay’s downtown homeless shelter faces a future that remains filled with uncertainty.

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, which ends its season on April 30, has endured months of scrutiny and criticism related to how it serves the area’s homeless population.

But the facility run by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay at 411 St. John St. might not know for several more months whether city officials are going to continue trying to crack down on the operation.

“We’re kind of in a holding pattern,” said Paul Neumeyer, a senior planner for the city.

City officials in December cited the homeless shelter for exceeding occupancy limits, initiating a Municipal Court case that could result in fines of up to $500 a day against the diocese.

Faced with growing demand for its services in tough economic times, the diocese responded by petitioning the city to increase from 64 to 84 the maximum number of people permitted to stay at the emergency overnight shelter. Shelter officials say they had long been accommodating overflow populations without objection from the city.
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I still don't get what the city's problem is all the sudden.  Do you want to send all those dirty homeless folks off to a leper colony so they don't contaminate the city??

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