Stevensville Homeless Shelter Hits Another Snag - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Stevensville Homeless Shelter Hits Another Snag

Posted:
Haven Ministries' artist rendering for a homeless shelter it wants to build in Stevensville. Haven Ministries' artist rendering for a homeless shelter it wants to build in Stevensville.

STEVENSVILLE, Md.-  For the past nine years, Haven Ministries operated a winter homeless shelter out of Queen Anne's County churches and a small transitional home on State Street in Stevensville. The organization has aspired toward constructing a purpose-built shelter at that Stevensville site. However, neighbors were concerned about its proximity to schools and parks, so the project came to a screeching halt.

The county drafted a memorandum of understanding to alter the idea behind the shelter, having it serve more as a transitional home rather than an emergency shelter.  There are still some groups that have a problem with the entire memorandum.

After the process of building a new shelter came to a halt in July due to public outcry, the county drafted a memorandum of understanding that county officials believe better fits what the community wants.

"It clarifies it as a transitional shelter and it does allow for overnight guests, as long as they are vetted through the protocols of Haven Ministries," said County Administrator Gregg Todd.  "It does not mention emergency shelter in the MoU at all."

But Haven Ministries has some concerns about a section of the MoU that would allow for county review of safety protocols six months into operation.

"It would require us to do something, but the question is what would it require us to do," said Krista Pettit, executive director of Haven Ministries.

Haven Ministries asked for that review to be subject to approval by all three parties, but the county wants final say on security.

"The commissioners feel that they are responsible for public safety, so they should have the final say as to what security measures are in place for the Haven House," Todd said.

"We don't mind working with the county on safety, we just want to make sure we have clarification on that one part of the m.o.u.  But we would love to continue to work with them on this," Pettit said.

The group opposing the shelter says it does not like the direction this is moving at all.

"There's really been not much change at all from a year ago from what's being presented functionally," said Mike Rinelli with Save Our Stevensville.  "We think anything worth doing is worth doing well, so how are we serving the homeless well by having this in a residential neighborhood, far, about 18 miles from public services?"

If an agreement on the MoU is reached, the proposal would again go before the Maryland Board of Public Works for grant approval.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Downtown Tree Lighting Excites Community

    Downtown Tree Lighting Excites Community

    11/17/2017 23:38:00 -05:002017-11-18 04:38:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 11:45 PM EST2017-11-18 04:45:07 GMT
    Downtown Salisbury Tree Lighting CeremonyDowntown Salisbury Tree Lighting Ceremony
    SALISBURY, Md.- Downtown Salisbury flipped the switch on Friday night, lighting up their 18-foot Christmas tree and 5-foot menorah for the holiday season. With the excitement of this first holiday event many community members said even though it isnMore
    Downtown Salisbury flipped the switch on Friday night, lighting up their 18-foot Christmas tree and 5-foot menorah for the holiday season.More
  • Hearing in Delaware Prison Lawsuit Postponed

    Hearing in Delaware Prison Lawsuit Postponed

    11/17/2017 19:27:00 -05:002017-11-18 00:27:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 7:27 PM EST2017-11-18 00:27:47 GMT
    The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC)The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC)
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has granted a request by lawyers for Delaware to delay a hearing in a federal lawsuit filed against the state in a deadly prison siege.U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews granted the request Friday, according to court records.More
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has granted a request by lawyers for Delaware to delay a hearing in a federal lawsuit filed against the state in a deadly prison siege.U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews granted the request Friday, according to court records.More
  • New Report Finds Industrial Facilities Violating Pollution Permits, Harming Bay

    New Report Finds Industrial Facilities Violating Pollution Permits, Harming Bay

    11/17/2017 19:10:00 -05:002017-11-18 00:10:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 7:10 PM EST2017-11-18 00:10:32 GMT
    From the sewer to the ocean and everything in between, environmentalists say stormwater pollution is draining the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
    It's a problem that isn't getting better.
    More
    From the sewer to the ocean and everything in between, environmentalists say stormwater pollution is draining the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
    It's a problem that isn't getting better.
    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    11/17/2017 17:29:00 -05:002017-11-17 22:29:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 5:29 PM EST2017-11-17 22:29:39 GMT
    Monica W. SneeMonica W. Snee
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars.More
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars.More
  • Six Arrested in Seaford Prostitution Sting

    Six Arrested in Seaford Prostitution Sting

    11/16/2017 13:46:00 -05:002017-11-16 18:46:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 10:14 AM EST2017-11-17 15:14:25 GMT

    Police have uncovered a prostitution operation involving six suspects in the city of Seaford.

    More

    Police say an undercover prostitution sting led to the arrests of six men in Seaford, Delaware on Tuesday.

    More
  • Parkside High Student Tased During Arrest

    Parkside High Student Tased During Arrest

    11/17/2017 15:57:00 -05:002017-11-17 20:57:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-11-17 20:57:05 GMT
    Parkside High School (Photo: WBOC)Parkside High School (Photo: WBOC)
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office reports a Parkside High School student was tased by police during a drug investigation.More
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office reports a Parkside High School student was tased by police during a drug investigation.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices