By: Bailey Myers
October 8, 2013
Tallahassee FL- Tonight marked the first public meeting discussing the big move for The Shelter on Tennessee. But some are worried this new location puts children at risk.
"I was panicked at first.", explained Erin Pennington who was panicked at the thought of a homeless shelter moving just feet away from her sons preschool-- the Dick Howser Center. She worried this new Emergency Shelter would put her child too close to sex offenders.
Concerned Parent Erin Pennington said, "There are still adults that I do not know that are going to be within you know five hundred feet or whatever it is away from my son on the play ground and that to me is very frightening."
Concerns like this were the reason the new Emergency Shelters organizers decided to have these public meetings, like the one Tuesday night.
'The Shelter Director' Jacob Reiter "This is what we are doing. So lets get your input, lets get everybody involved in addressing this population that needs our input."
Organizers explained during the meeting the new emergency service center would be open 24 hours, adding loitering won't be a problem. Anyone with a sex offense on their record will be relocated to another facility, without receiving assistance at the shelter, but not everyone is convinced.
"Everything looks wonderful on paper but all it takes is one incident where these two great places could become a very scary situation."
More public meetings discussing this new emergency shelter are expected.
The moment the times and dates are available we will let you know.