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St. John's homeless shelter approved for new 84-bed limit


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - On a near unanimous vote the Green Bay City Council has approved St. John’s homeless shelter request to shelter an additional 20 people a night when it opens its doors November 1st.

Alderman Andy Nicholson was the lone vote against the shelter’s request. 

The shelter of last resort made the request to amend their conditional use permit to reflect the need in the community to serve up to 84 guests during the winter months. 

“The last thing I want to be responsible for is one homeless person dying on the streets of Green Bay because they froze to death" Ald. Joe Moore when making the case on why he voted in favor. 

The shelter was operating under a 64-bed limit as of last year, but the city cited the shelter for being overcapacity in late December. 

Deacon Tim Reilly with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay serves as the shelter’s board president and says federal guidelines for emergency shelters do not allow them go over 84. 

Reilly stated they would never turn anyone away, saying once they reach the 85th person or more, they will have to call police for help or rely on the help from others to be able to give them shelter. 

Over the past year, the shelter invested nearly $70,000 to meet building standards required to serve 84 guests.