Green Bay Planning Commission approves homeless shelter for men

    Transformation House Monday, February 11, 2019. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

    GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay's planning commission unanimously approved a permit for a homeless shelter on south Clay Street on Monday night.

    Transformation House operated a facility on South Jefferson street for six years before shutting its doors last May.

    While there are plans to reopen in a new location, some neighbors have concerns.

    "I don’t think that it’s safe to put this in the neighborhood," said Randy Sanders, a neighbor.

    Some don't want it relocated in the former Santa Maria Nursing Home.

    "What about property values? What about our reasonable expectations going forward?" William Hart questioned.

    Others assure it's the right move.

    "This type of facility is necessary," said Tanesha Johnson. "It holds men accountable, they have things to lose if they mess up or step out of line."

    Rev. Manuelus Reacco is proposing 46 beds for the new shelter.

    "We house men who are really ready to change and get their lives back in order," Reacco explained.

    He said no drugs or alcohol are allowed, a legitimate income is required and there are background checks.

    Neighbors have questions about their safety and the safety of their kids.

    " I do not like the idea, I don’t think it's appropriate," said Sanders. "I hope it doesn’t happen, because a lot of people will sell their houses.."

    Ald. Bill Galvin said there are a lot of security concerns.

    "Are there going to be individuals who watch these at night? Are there going be security cameras?" questioned Galvin.

    Answering that question, Reacco said there will be more than 20 security cameras within the perimeter.

    "We have housed over 680 guys and we had 80 percent go from homeless to independent living and I think that’s good," said Reacco.

    He told those in the room Monday night that the men he housed come out much better than when they came in.

    The proposal will go before the Green Bay city council on Monday.

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