A second homeless shelter proposed for West Bend

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A plan to build a $1.3 million emergency shelter for homeless men and women in Washington County was presented to the West Bend Common Council on Monday.


The proposed shelter and supporting housing project is looking to build on 2 acres of county property just to the east of Indiana Avenue and south of E. Washington Street.


Plans show the 7,000-square-foot site would be just to the south of the driveway that runs up behind the county’s Public Agency building. Right now there’s a cornfield to the south of the parking lot, the community garden is a bit further south and the Little League Diamond is to the southeast.


The site is about a half block from where the Annex II was recently razed.


“The community leaders got together earlier this year and said ‘ask Family Promise to take the lead in helping put together this single shelter project,'” said Kathleen Fisher with Family Promise.


The facility would feature 8 beds for men and six beds for women.


Fisher said the facility would be privately funded. “We’re looking to raise money this winter and break ground in spring,” she said.




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