GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – The Green Bay Joint Council will meet on Tuesday evening to discuss how authorities’ responses to the homeless population impact the city’s budget.
It comes at the same time as an organization on the Oneida Indian Reservation on Highway 41 near Mason St.
The facility is called Safe Shelter, a term the organizers use more as a homeless shelter to ease the stigma of those seeking help. The project is being carried out in collaboration with Lakeland University.
The Green Bay Joint Council will hear a report on people unable to live in shelters due to mental health and drug addiction during a virtual meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Our vision is to serve our Oneida employees, the locals. That doesn’t mean we’re going to turn someone away, we won’t, “said Pearl Webster, Executive Director of Safe Shelter.
Located at the intersection of Lambeau St and Hutson Road, Webster began planning the project in 2014.
“I worked in [St. John’s Homeless Shelter] for a while and I learned that at least 15 percent of those people were natives, “said Webster.
According to a report attached to the council’s agenda, the city has calculated an estimated cost of $ 1.16 per minute in taxpayers’ money calling emergency responders to the homeless population.
Safe Shelter is scheduled to open in mid-October and will accommodate 60 people. One of the things the organizers hope to tackle is the stigma that the homeless have no jobs. Some of them do, called the working poor, and just can’t afford the rental prices in northeast Wisconsin.
“Living in the area is a big concern. I’ve been doing social justice at Green Bay for probably eight years, so obviously it’s got astronomically worst because of Covid, ”said Sara Williams, associate director of Safe Shelter.
Funding from the CARES law supported the implementation of the project.
“I will also accompany the people on their way here to bring them to stable accommodation. However, this transition can be very difficult and we never really know how long it will take, ”said Williams.
The total renovation work for the facility totals $ 850,000 and organizers are soliciting donations. Both money and items.
Below is a list of the times Safe Shelter must open on time:
– Personal toiletries for men / women
-Paper products, toilet paper, Kleenex
-Bath towels, washcloths
-Children / adult hats, gloves, scarves
-Cushions, single sheets, blankets
Here are the drop-off points for donations:
Lakeland University-Green Bay, 2601 Development Dr, Green Bay, WI 54311. 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Friday
Wise Women Gathering Place, 2615 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313. 9 am-4pm Monday through Thursday
Donations can be sent to Attn: Pearl Webster – Safe Shelter, PO Box 501, Oneida, WI 54155.
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