Homeless Shelter Discussions
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- A meeting regarding the expansion of a homeless shelter in Green Bay taking place between city leaders, members of St. John's Homeless Shelter and Deacon Tim Riley of the Green Bay Diocese.
St. John's the Evangelist Homeless Shelter is asking to increase their capacity from 64 to 84 beds. The move comes after the city cited the shelter for taking in too many people violating its conditional use permit last winter.
Percy Lewis has two kids to feed and he knows first hand what it's like to be homeless.
"I mean it's ridiculous that you have to go to a totally different city than the city that you're living in and the schools that your kids go to in order to have a place to shelter your kids," said Lewis.
He says there aren't enough shelters to go around.
"You have a lot of homeless families out here," said Lewis.
Nearly 500 people are considered homeless according to a study conducted this summer by the city's homeless coalition called H.O.P.E. It's why St. John's is asking for an increase in capacity, a move city leaders say the shelter has asked for before.
"I'm thinking that we might be getting close to the limit here," said city alderman, Mark Steuer when talking about the continuous increase in capacity at St. John's Homeless Shelter.
The shelter asked for the capacity increase after making more room for beds, but city leaders say it's a bigger issue than just room.
"One thing with St. John's is they usually are the last step," said Steuer.
St. John's takes in as many people as they can hold whereas other shelters have stricter rules turning people away who don't meet them.
The city's H.O.P.E. group is currently working on a 10 year plan to fight homelessness in the area.