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Talbot Interfaith Shelter Sets Sights on Dover Road

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Easton, Md.- For the past five years, the Talbot Interfaith Shelter has only been able to provide beds for five people in the months of December through March.  That capacity may be increasing soon, however.

Several abandoned homes sit on one lot together on Dover Road in Easton.  The lot has already been zoned properly for a shelter, and that's what caught the sights of the TIS.  Volunteer John Clizbe says the shelter would be able to house numerous families and individuals while they work to get back on their feet.

"It's giving them a place to be temporarily, but then really helping them reach a point where they don't need to be there." said Clizbe.

Clizbe says the neighboring Doverbrook Apartments residents are feeling positive about the new building replacing the dilapidated houses.  But at a meeting on Monday, some neighbors expressed their concerns about the project.

Neighbor Corinne Axtell says her primary concern is an increase in traffic because of her young daughter.

"I'd like to see something other than an abandoned house, it's a bit of an eyesore, and it's not safe for the children, but I don't really think I would want a homeless shelter." said Axtell.

One concern brought up at the meeting was a concern of local safety.  Clizbe says homeless people in a rural area are much different than homeless people in an area like New York or Baltimore.  He says most homeless people in Talbot County are simply down on their luck, and are not dangerous.

"The people who are going to be living with us have as much concern about it being a safe and secure environment as we do.  they are already feeling very vulnerable."

The TIS has not yet purchased the land, but Clizbe says the proximity of services that can help Talbot County's homeless and the size of the lot make it a very enticing property.

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