Despite not having presented formal plans for an overnight emergency shelter to the city, a few citizens are raising concerns about the location of the shelter, according to a story by WGTD.
Segue Racine, a group of residents led by local clergy and others, announced last month that they bought a building at 961 Martin Luther King Dr. They plan to rehabilitate the former bar into an overnight emergency shelter. It is expected to open this summer and will operate from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
But Beverly Hicks, past president of the NAACP, spoke out at a Common Council meeting earlier this week, according to the story.
“I think we need to consider the kids that go to school in that area,” she said. “And we also need to consider the homeless that’ll be housed right next door to a tavern.”
When plans were initially announced, leaders recognized there might be some push-back from the community because the shelter is located across from an elementary school, but they want to assure residents they will not accept registered sex offenders and doors will be closed before the school day begins.
Still, Pastor Holly Anderle, a member of Segue Racine, said she was surprised to learn about the opposition.
“We look forward to having the chance to explain our plan, and to working with our neighborhood, the school, and the city council to address and resolve any and all concerns as we move forward,” she said.
The building was donated by Terry and Gloria Pogofsky of Glenview, IL. Segue Racine members worked with the city to find a location, but they have not received a conditional use or zoning permit.