A homeless shelter which houses twenty men at Bethany Lutheran Church (7400 Woodlawn Ave NE), has, according to representatives from the shelter and church, had no impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
Last night (Wednesday, Sept 8, 2010), SHARE and church representatives spoke at the Green Lake Community Council meeting.
John Uusitalo, a member of the Church Council, reported that there had been “no problems” since the shelter opened. He said that the church has made it clear to SHARE that “if there are any problems, they are out.”
“In the five or six days after the shelter opened,” Uusitalo said, “we received four calls from people asking when the shelter was opening. They didn’t realize that it had already opened. There has been no impact on the neighborhood.”
SHARE participant Andrew reported that three homeless people who had been camping out on the church’s porch prior to SHARE’s arrival were now gone, thanks to walk-throughs that SHARE participants do on the property each morning and night.
Another SHARE participant said that the Green Lake community has been very welcoming. “The neighbors have been great,” he said. “They’ve brought us peaches and sandwiches.”
In July, SHARE was in a budget crisis which threatened funding for bus tickets that SHARE participants use to travel between downtown and neighborhood shelters, including the Green Lake shelter. However, funding has come through. Uusitalo reported that the men will have bus tickets through the end of the year.