[Hpn] Court clears way for closing homeless shelter

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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Court clears way for closing homeless shelter
Posted by The Republican Newsroom July 06, 2007
By PETER GOONAN=20
pgoonan@repub.com=20

SPRINGFIELD - A Housing Court judge today refused to block the city's =
plan to shut down the Warming Place shelter at the former York Street =
jail, saying she is not convinced the closure would leave the homeless =
at risk of "irreparable harm."=20

Judge Dina E. Fein denied an injunction sought by Open Pantry Community =
Services, which recently sued the city, seeking to extend its stay at =
the jail site.=20

City officials argued that 88 beds have been added at the Friends of the =
Homeless shelter on Worthington Street and the Rescue Mission shelter =
reopened this week on Taylor Street, which will compensate for the loss =
of the York Street shelter, along West Columbus Avenue.=20

Officials representing Open Pantry argued the Worthington Street shelter =
is overcrowded and that closing the York Street jail site would =
jeopardize the lives of the homeless.=20

City Solicitor Edward M. Pikula said he hopes the homeless will begin =
relocating to the other shelters this weekend, or he would initiate =
cease and desist orders to force the closure.=20

More details in The Republican tomorrow

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<P><STRONG>By PETER GOONAN <BR>pgoonan@repub.com =
</STRONG><BR><BR>SPRINGFIELD -=20
A Housing Court judge today refused to block the city's plan to shut =
down the=20
Warming Place shelter at the former York Street jail, saying she is not=20
convinced the closure would leave the homeless at risk of "irreparable =
harm."=20
<BR><BR>Judge Dina E. Fein denied an injunction sought by Open Pantry =
Community=20
Services, which recently sued the city, seeking to extend its stay at =
the jail=20
site. <BR><BR>City officials argued that 88 beds have been added at the =
Friends=20
of the Homeless shelter on Worthington Street and the Rescue Mission =
shelter=20
reopened this week on Taylor Street, which will compensate for the loss =
of the=20
York Street shelter, along West Columbus Avenue. <BR><BR>Officials =
representing=20
Open Pantry argued the Worthington Street shelter is overcrowded and =
that=20
closing the York Street jail site would jeopardize the lives of the =
homeless.=20
<BR><BR>City Solicitor Edward M. Pikula said he hopes the homeless will =
begin=20
relocating to the other shelters this weekend, or he would initiate =
cease and=20
desist orders to force the closure. <BR><BR><EM>More details in The =
Republican=20
tomorrow</EM></P></DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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