Homeless Shelter Vote Spikes Concern with City Alderman
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- After a long battle St. John's Evangelical Homeless Shelter is finally getting approval to take in a higher number of people off the streets. City Council met last night and approved the increase from 64 to 84 beds, however city leaders say the shelter is pushing their limits.
Final construction taking place at St. John's Homeless Shelter as they put in three new showers, preparing for more people this year. Although they're celebrating, they say there's still a lot to be done.
"We could not have asked for more last night, more support from the city and from the alderman," said St. John's Homeless Shelter executive director, Alexia Wood.
The capacity increase is from 64 to 84 beds. e shelter has been cited in the past for taking in too many people. They say when they get close to the 84 capacity limit they will look for other options for people to stay at.
"We look to house individuals at churches and other organizations, we want to make sure they're safe. We won't turn them away," said Wood.
St, John's is run by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. They believe in not turning anyone away, a point of concern for members of City Council who say the shelter is already pushing their limit.
"I believe that they have pushed everybody about as far as they could push it. Sooner or later you have to abide by ordinances and state laws," said district 1 city alderman, Jerry Wiezbiskie.
The shelter has continuously asked for capacity increases and Wiezbiskie says the homeless population is not going down, but a new solution needs to be in place besides constantly increasing shelter capacity.
Last year overflow for the shelter was at St. Norbert's College. The college was able to help because it was during winter break for the students. As of right now spokespeople for St. Norbert's say they have not heard anything from St. John's this year.