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Open house brings community, some complaints to shelter site=20

Friday, May 5, 2000=20

By Kirk D. Richards
Dispatch Staff Reporter=20




Enough with all the talk.=20

It was time to see the inside of a proposed shelter for homeless men.=20

The Community Shelter Board held an open house last night at 1300 =
Corrugated Way to show how it will house 95 men.=20

A sign to show where shower rooms would be built was taped on a wall. =
Kitchen and sleeping areas also were mapped out.=20

But some who live near the site, which is south of the state =
fairgrounds, don't want a shelter -- no matter what's done inside.=20

"It'll just bring crime to the neighborhood,'' said John Devaul, who =
lives a few blocks away.=20

Devaul was one of about 200 people who took the tour of the vacant =
Anchor Press building, walking past hanging cable cords, exposed =
electrical sockets and a red sticker pointing to where a fire =
extinguisher should be.=20

Eventually, Devaul complained to Steve Rish, chairman of the shelter =
board.=20

"If a shelter does come here, I'll work with it, but I'm telling you =
right now, I don't want it,'' Devaul told Rish, who responded that a =
planned good-neighbor policy should be sufficient to quell neighbors' =
concerns.=20

One formerly homeless man, who thinks a shelter is needed in that area, =
said he can understand neighbors' concerns. He lived with homeless men =
last year at the Faith Mission.=20

"I know how they behave,'' said Kevin Lewis, who now lives in the Short =
North. "They urinate. They blatantly drink and do drugs right out in =
daylight.''=20

Lutheran Social Services, the agency chosen Monday by the shelter board =
to run the proposed shelter, also operates Faith Mission.=20

Such incidents happen, but loitering is not common because of security =
on the grounds, said Sally Luken, director of Faith Mission.=20

"They patrol the streets,'' Luken said. "People straighten up when they =
see the uniform.''=20

The proposed shelter would be modeled after Faith Mission, said Carole =
Menge, executive director of Lutheran Social Services. Officials hope to =
open it by summer 2001.=20

The good-neighbor policy would give residents an avenue to complain and =
would force homeless men to behave or be gone, Menge said.=20

The shelter also will stay in touch with businesses that are concerned =
homeless people will badger their patrons for money, said Barbara Poppe, =
executive director of the shelter board.=20

That shouldn't happen much because the shelter's clients would be given =
passes for five nearby bus lines, Poppe said.=20

Those living at the shelter also would be required to commit to a plan =
for finding a home, as they are at Faith Mission, Luken said.=20

The shelter board has signed a $430,000 contract to buy the 22,000- =
square-foot building. It wants the proposed shelter to fit in with its =
Rebuilding Lives plan, which calls for reducing beds for homeless men to =
300 from 450 in four Franklin County shelters.=20

The board's goal is to get more men into apartments and move the Open =
Shelter and the Volunteers of America shelter from Franklinton, where =
Ohio's Center of Science and Industry is now located.=20

The board plans to raise $500,000 from donations and government grants, =
but also must persuade the Columbus City Council to pass a zoning =
variance for the building, which is zoned for industrial use.=20

Luken said she thinks the size of the proposed site and the grounds =
around it give it potential to offer recreational opportunities -- and =
put an end to problems found at other shelters.=20





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<P><I>Friday, May 5, 2000</I>=20
<P><B>By Kirk D. Richards</B><BR><I>Dispatch Staff Reporter</I>=20
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<P>Enough with all the talk.=20
<P>It was time to see the inside of a proposed shelter for homeless men. =

<P>The Community Shelter Board held an open house last night at 1300 =
Corrugated=20
Way to show how it will house 95 men.=20
<P>A sign to show where shower rooms would be built was taped on a wall. =
Kitchen=20
and sleeping areas also were mapped out.=20
<P>But some who live near the site, which is south of the state =
fairgrounds,=20
don't want a shelter -- no matter what's done inside.=20
<P>"It'll just bring crime to the neighborhood,'' said John Devaul, who =
lives a=20
few blocks away.=20
<P>Devaul was one of about 200 people who took the tour of the vacant =
Anchor=20
Press building, walking past hanging cable cords, exposed electrical =
sockets and=20
a red sticker pointing to where a fire extinguisher should be.=20
<P>Eventually, Devaul complained to Steve Rish, chairman of the shelter =
board.=20
<P>"If a shelter does come here, I'll work with it, but I'm telling you =
right=20
now, I don't want it,'' Devaul told Rish, who responded that a planned=20
good-neighbor policy should be sufficient to quell neighbors' concerns.=20
<P>One formerly homeless man, who thinks a shelter is needed in that =
area, said=20
he can understand neighbors' concerns. He lived with homeless men last =
year at=20
the Faith Mission.=20
<P>"I know how they behave,'' said Kevin Lewis, who now lives in the =
Short=20
North. "They urinate. They blatantly drink and do drugs right out in =
daylight.''=20

<P>Lutheran Social Services, the agency chosen Monday by the shelter =
board to=20
run the proposed shelter, also operates Faith Mission.=20
<P>Such incidents happen, but loitering is not common because of =
security on the=20
grounds, said Sally Luken, director of Faith Mission.=20
<P>"They patrol the streets,'' Luken said. "People straighten up when =
they see=20
the uniform.''=20
<P>The proposed shelter would be modeled after Faith Mission, said =
Carole Menge,=20
executive director of Lutheran Social Services. Officials hope to open =
it by=20
summer 2001.=20
<P>The good-neighbor policy would give residents an avenue to complain =
and would=20
force homeless men to behave or be gone, Menge said.=20
<P>The shelter also will stay in touch with businesses that are =
concerned=20
homeless people will badger their patrons for money, said Barbara Poppe, =

executive director of the shelter board.=20
<P>That shouldn't happen much because the shelter's clients would be =
given=20
passes for five nearby bus lines, Poppe said.=20
<P>Those living at the shelter also would be required to commit to a =
plan for=20
finding a home, as they are at Faith Mission, Luken said.=20
<P>The shelter board has signed a $430,000 contract to buy the 22,000-=20
square-foot building. It wants the proposed shelter to fit in with its=20
Rebuilding Lives plan, which calls for reducing beds for homeless men to =
300=20
from 450 in four Franklin County shelters.=20
<P>The board's goal is to get more men into apartments and move the Open =
Shelter=20
and the Volunteers of America shelter from Franklinton, where Ohio's =
Center of=20
Science and Industry is now located.=20
<P>The board plans to raise $500,000 from donations and government =
grants, but=20
also must persuade the Columbus City Council to pass a zoning variance =
for the=20
building, which is zoned for industrial use.=20
<P>Luken said she thinks the size of the proposed site and the grounds =
around it=20
give it potential to offer recreational opportunities -- and put an end =
to=20
problems found at other shelters.=20
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