Church will defy city and open shelterA downtown Green Bay church will defy the city's order and give homeless, mentally ill people a place to stay overnight.
For the past two winters, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church has opened its doors to the most troubled homeless people needing a warm place to sleep. It was the only shelter in Brown County that accepted the mentally ill or people who had been drinking. About two dozen people used the shelter every night.
In August, after complaints from neighbors, the city council voted unanimously to take away the church's permission to operate an overnight shelter. City and county officials then made a goal of finding a new shelter by November first, but weren't able to do so.
The Reverend Guy Blair says the church has a right to serve the homeless.
Mayor Jim Schmitt said if the shelter opens without the proper permit, the City will likely take action.
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