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Clay County Takes Another Look at Homeless Apartment Support

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Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) -- We have Nnew information about a proposed homless apartment building in Moorhead.

The Clay County Commission, at one time, supported a grant for the project.

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But the Moorhead City Council just wrote a resolution of non-support.

And now, the commission may be changing its mind about its support- specifically in that location.

Many who oppose the project say they want to see the apartment built - just not in that spot.

Tuesday night was the third meeting in two days that a handful of would-be neighbors to a proposed apartment for homeless people showed up to voice their concerns.

Neighbor: "If you need full-time security inside of a 41-unit building there probably is going to be some problems."

A joint meeting between the Clay County Commission and Moorhead City Council addressed the controversial project by Churches United for the

Homeless, set to go on north 34th street in Moorhead.

Commissioner Kevin Campbell says it boils down to a lack of dialogue between the entities involved.

Campbell: "We felt that this should be re-looked at." 

Though the commission previously voted to support a grant for the project, they moved to revoke that support after learning the grant was site specific.

That motion failed in a split vote.

Dara Lee of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority insists the building would house mostly families with young children and veterans.

Not the rough crowd some neighbors envision.

Lee: "We really are trying to address your questions and your concerns. The reality is that there was no secret plot to try and spring this on the

neighborhood."

Some neighbors of the proposed project were shaking their heads - many didn't find out it was happening until the commission's resolution went

through.

Neighbor: "Each time we have been told something different."

Some residents say they would like Churches United to look into alternate locations… and the council and commissioners are quick to say they don't oppose the project altogether.

Campbell: "There is no way I would not support a facility someplace for young children who would otherwise be on the street."

The commission motion to revoke their support was at a meeting Tuesday morning.

No action was taken at Tuesday night's joint meeting.

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Becky Parker
Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at bparker@wday.com
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