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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fghting over the homeless

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 7:52 PM

The Little Rock City Board heard extended comments tonight on competing resolutions concerning a day center for the homeless.

One resolution, by City Director Erma Hendrix, called for the Board to kill any idea of using a former Job Corps Center at 21st and Vance for the day center.

Another resolution called for a thorough study of the use of the building, which could be developed for multiple uses.

Short take: Neighbors don't want the homeless center. Homeless advocates say the homeless are not the criminals many presume them to be. Middle-grounders emcouraged "due diligence" -- a study of the use of the building before any pre-emptive decisions..

Only Hendrix voted for her resolution. Director Ken Richardson voted "present." The resolution for study was approved by all voting, including Hendrix, who said she was a "team player."

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