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Haven Ministries Receives Letter Of Default For Stevensville Transitional Home

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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 several years, the plan has been to take a home on State Street in Stevensville and tear it to the ground, building a purpose built shelter in its place.  That plan has since come off the rails, and the Housing Authority of Queen Anne's County has now sent Haven Ministries a letter, saying they intend to reclaim the property and reopen it as a transitional home.

A plan nine years in the making to build a homeless shelter is now on the rocks.  The Housing Authority of Queen Anne's County, the county commissioners, and Haven Ministries all came together to create a Memorandum of Understanding.  The goal would be to finally build a shelter, but it would be only for transitional purposes, not an emergency shelter.  Haven didn't sign the MOU, saying it thought a section referring to oversight was too open ended.  Now, they have received a letter.

"We are very surprised and disappointed to receive a letter in regards to the State Street property, and having that reclaimed by the housing authority," said Haven Ministries Executive Director Krista Pettit.

Housing authority officials said since Haven had not signed the MOU, and since the property had been vacant for over a year, they would take control of the home. Pettit said the reason it has been vacant is because Haven Ministries has been anticipating construction.  

"The reason we are so stunned is because the MOU is not connected to the lease agreement for the property right now," Petti said.

Pettit has reached out to the housing authority for answers and possible solutions. However, housing authority officials said they have no plans to build a new shelter in that location, but to simply reopen it as a transitional home.

Housing authority officials said they it would not discuss whether Haven Ministries fix the situation.  They said that they have tried to work with Haven Ministries in the past, and it just has not worked out.  The goal now is to ensure the homeless people of Queen Anne's County can have a place to stay.

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