DE PERE - Time may be running out for a Green Bay homeless shelter trying to find a solution to its overcrowding problem.
St. Norbert College has accepted the overflow from the shelter at St. John the Evangelist in Green Bay.
But students will soon be back from winter break, and the homeless will have to find another place to stay.
For the past three weeks, the Pennings Activity Center on the St. Norbert College campus has been a home for about 16 homeless people.
"We house them for the evening, for sleeping purposes, then they get up and leave so they can have breakfast at the shelter at St. Johns," said Rev. Jay Fostner, vice president of mission and student affairs.
But that will soon be coming to an end. Classes resume on January 21st, and 2,200 students will crowd the campus.
"The building is used on a regular basis, but we've also agreed with the city of De Pere, that we'll be done January 21st, right around that night," said Fostner.
It was a temporary solution to a growing problem.
Since late December, the St. John homeless shelter has been facing $500 fines for going over its capacity of 64 overnight residents.
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay oversees operations at the shelter. Meetings with the city of Green Bay are ongoing.
"The city attorney's office has been working with them. We've been asked from the council to respect the relationship there, and trust that it is being worked on," said Jesse Brunette, Green Bay City alderman.
Shelter leaders can ask the city to expand capacity at St. John. Brunette says that is an option.
"I have an open mind; I don't want people freezing under bridges in the city. I want them to get the help they need, to be productive members of our city," said Brunette.
A volunteer task force has been formed to address the issue. Two dozen people are expected at the first meeting Thursday night.
"So collectively, the community members can go to work with St. Johns, work with volunteers at the homeless shelter, and work with the actual homeless themselves," said Brunette.
Meanwhile, the shelter at St. Norbert will soon be closed.
"I hope the city and St. Johns can work well together, and come up with a solution, because we need to do something," said Fostner.
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