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GB City Council to debate homeless shelter request to increase capacity


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay City Council will debate Tuesday night whether or not to allow the St. John the Evangelist homeless shelter to help more people during the winter nights.

Last week, the Plan Commission recommended approval for an increase in the emergency shelter’s bed limit by 20 people for a total of 84 guests. 

The shelter was cited in December for being over capacity. 

The Plan Commission’s vote was swayed after hearing news about a daytime resource center for the homeless that was looking to sign a lease and open its doors possibly by October 1st

However, by the end of last week, the owner of the building decided not to move forward with a lease for New Visions. It would have been located in the Wisconsin Jobs Center building in downtown Green Bay. 

The St. John's homeless shelter is part of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, who has maintained that they have been in compliance all along. 

The conditional use permit, which was approved last September, includes an overflow plan that allows for 20 extra people. That plan was debated at length by the Plan Commission last year. But the city claims that’s not part of the permit. 

The Diocese says it’s their mission to serve the homeless, and in the past have said they will not turn anyone away because of an arbitrary number.