Residents worry about proposed day center for homeless

North Knoxville residents worry about proposed day center for homeless

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"There's a process, there's a waitlist, there's a background check," Family Promise's Joyce Shoudy said "There's a process, there's a waitlist, there's a background check," Family Promise's Joyce Shoudy said
"My biggest concern is the strangers it'll be bringing into the community," said Laura Whisenant. "My biggest concern is the strangers it'll be bringing into the community," said Laura Whisenant.
At a town hall meeting Monday night in Fountain City, folks on both sides had a chance to discuss the issue. At a town hall meeting Monday night in Fountain City, folks on both sides had a chance to discuss the issue.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville residents living near the proposed site of a day center for the homeless say they are concerned about what the facility could mean for their neighborhood.

People in charge of the planned facility at Family Promise of Knoxville say they will selectively pick who gets into the program.

Family Promise would like to move into the old Inskip Presbyterian Church building on Cedar Lane.

"My biggest concern is the strangers it'll be bringing into the community," said Laura Whisenant, who lives near the building.

"There's a process, there's a waitlist, there's a background check," Family Promise's Joyce Shoudy said about the procedures used to select families for the program.

Shoudy says the families spend the night at local churches, but would be at the day center in the daytime if they haven't found a job. It's also a place where children can spend time during the day.

"We're all about keeping the kids safe. If it wasn't for this program, they'd be in cars, tents, under the bridge," Shoudy explained.

Family Promise of Knoxville wants to move out of an existing day center in Bearden. They have to raise $150,000 to complete purchasing the church building.

At a town hall meeting Monday night in Fountain City, folks on both sides had a chance to discuss the issue. Residents like Whisenant are worried about crime.

"There have already been a large number of break-ins and thefts in the area," she explained.

Families that have benefited from the day center also came out in support.

Nothing was decided at the meeting. It was just a forum to discuss the matter.

Family Promise of Knoxville is currently raising funds to buy the new building.

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