Two More Informational Meetings Coming On ‘A Place For You’ In Pine City (Audio)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 8:07 am

The public has had a mixed response over the proposal to put a homeless shelter in Pine City.

Two more informational meetings have been scheduled to give everyone a chance to gather more information on ‘A Place For You,’ which would be located in the old Allina building near downtown.

Deacon Gene Biever and Mary Kay Sloan sit on the board of ‘A Place For You,’ and stopped by on Wedensday morning to update the public.

The next informational meeting will be held on Wednesday night at 7pm at the Pine City Library.

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  1. Was GOING to move to town 09/26/11 at 11:16pm

    keep it out of downtown.

  2. Was GOING to move to town 09/26/11 at 11:33pm

    Danger of Rape or Assault

    Exchanging safety for shelter

    Homeless shelters and the areas around them are often hunting grounds for human predators. Some of the craftier ones get jobs at homeless shelters while others just watch for individuals departing the shelters. It’s not just rapists, either. Predators in search of “excitement” will track a lone person leaving a shelter so they can beat him or harass him for fun.

    Also, though there are usually attendants of some kind on watch almost none of them are trained to deal with violent behavior making homeless shelter users vulnerable to other shelter users who are predators.

    this is the number one reason to avoid homeless shelters. Once you get raped or assaulted in a homeless shelter or because you were trailed after leaving one you just don’t want to try it again no matter how hot or cold or rainy or otherwise unpleasant it is outside.

    Criminals are well aware that police take seldom complaints from homeless people seriously. Many people avoid shelters because pretending to not be homeless (which means avoiding homeless shelters, missions, and soup kitchens) is one of the most effective ways to avoid such predators.

  3. J 09/27/11 at 5:24pm

    Really? So I suppose folks like my family with small children should live on the streets rather than at a shelter where my kids can sleep in a warm bed and get a decent meal so you can avoid the social responsibility of keeping a safe community? If you are SO positive that these things are going to happen, I challenge you to hire yourself out to protect the people needing the services of a local shelter rather than just ranting about it.

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