(NEWTON, Kan.) — The Harvey County homeless shelter is planning on building a new facility. But residents who live near the proposed site say it's not a good idea to build it in such a residential area.
The McKinley Historic District in Newton is filled with large houses, playgrounds and dog walkers.
“There are a lot of young children and it’s a main walking path for the schools that are just a mile away,” said resident Tina A. Williams.
The last thing residents expected is a homeless shelter but that's exactly what could happen in an empty lot in the middle of the historic, residential neighborhood.
“The bottom line is a residential neighborhood is not an appropriate spot for a homeless shelter,” Williams said.
Many feel the same way. The Harvey County Homeless Shelter is currently in a run down building located in downtown newton.