November 2006 

In The Neighborhood

A Promise Kept

A new home for a homeless service provider is now closer to becoming a reality. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the City Council approved a lease with Family Promise, which had to relocate its facility because it was in a residentially-zoned area.

Last May, the City Council promised that it would find the organization a new home. The city did just that and the Family Promise will soon be moving into its new facility. Problems arose when it was discovered that the agency was operating without the proper zoning in a residential neighborhood.

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman vowed to find a new location for the organization within six months. Councilman Lawrence Weekly, agreed to a six-month grace period, allowing Family Promise to continue operations at its current location in Ward 5 until the middle of November.

Family Promise will soon work out of an old parsonage that is located behind the city’s Downtown Senior Services Center in a mixed-use neighborhood, located at 320 S. 9th St.

At the Nov. 1 City Council meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the use of $150,000 in federal funding to bring the facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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