GREEN BAY - St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in Green Bay moved a step closer Monday night to being able to accommodate more residents.
Green Bay's plan commission voted to recommend raising the shelter's permit capacity from 64 residents to 84. However, the city council will have the final say, likely at its next meeting.
The city's Planning Department asked the committee to deny the shelter's request. The department cited what it called a high amount of police calls and capacity issues last winter.
The city cited the shelter for going over its permit capacity of 64 people, but eventually waived the citations while working toward a resolution.
Monday night, the city's homeless task force announced it is in the process of opening a daytime resource center in the basement of the Wisconsin Jobs Center on Cherry Street.
Some plan commission members say the daytime shelter is one reason why they support increasing St John's capacity.
The Green Bay Catholic Diocese, which runs the shelter, says Monday night's vote was a step in the right direction.
“I'm very grateful for the action by the plan commission for the limit of 84,” said Deacon Tim Reilly with the Green Bay Catholic Diocese. “I think that eliminates the ambiguity that we were operating under previously where we had the 64 plus 20.”
“I'm a little bit disappointed,” said Alderman Jerry Wiezbiskie, a member of the plan commission. “I think the neighborhood has had enough of the people who are actually staying in that locality.”
The leader of the homeless task force says the goal is to have the daytime shelter open in about a month.
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