Homeless Shelter Controversy
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- Controversy in the air again as St. John's Homeless Shelter gets ready to open its doors in less than a month.
"We're hopeful that we can make some in roads on a daytime shelter and be a partner with St. John's," said Green Bay Mayor, Jim Schmitt.
However Executive Director at St. John's, Alexia Wood, disagrees saying, "There will not be a daytime resource center here."
Last month the city's homeless taskforce had plans of putting in a daytime resource center in the Green Bay Job Center, but that fell through. Now mayor Jim Schmitt would like to see St. John's, an emergency shelter only open at night, stay open 24/,7 offering daytime programs.
"I think to have that under one roof is better for the guests," said Mayor Schmitt.
Experts disagree though, saying everything under one roof doesn't get people motivated.
"On occasions people need assistance with their growth in their self-drive to move forward, so that is why you move from one location to another," said Lutheran Social Services program supervisor, Jane Jordan.
Mayor Schmitt is asking to meet with Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese. He's hoping to get him to agree to the daytime resource center since the shelter is run by the diocese.