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Shelter's Big Move Causes Big Concerns

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
September 24th, 2013

Tallahassee FL- The Shelter on Tennessee street has been there for twenty years. New plans have it moving off Pensacola between the Goodwill and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. The potential movements big changes-- and not everyone is on board.

One resident at The Shelter said, "A lot of concerns going to be like how to get there how to get to work." Bush is one of the many residents at The Shelter who also has concerns with the facility moving.

"Well I heard that they were moving and I was kind of concerned with people with jobs and like my job I work at a temp service," Bush explained. With his job right around the corner from his current home, he's worried the new plans to move may disrupt that.

The shelter is located off Tennessee Street where they face a lot of problems like over crowding but they are hoping to solve that issue by building a facility on a plot of land about twice the size of the current facility in place.

If all goes according to plan, 'The Shelter' off Pensacola would be up and running by the end of 2014.
With so many worried about this big move. Local homeless outreach groups are holding meetings to create an open dialogue between organizers and residents.

Grace Mission's Pastor Amanda Nickles says, "Let people be able to speak their minds be in a neutral location a safe place where they feel comfortable and any worries concerns or questions let them be able to voice that."

A meeting will be held this Thursday at nine thirty in the morning at Grace Mission for the residents of The Shelter. Another meeting open to the public October eighth at five thirty at night at the Renaissance Community Center.


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