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Public hearing planned on proposed homeless shelter

A public hearing is being held tomorrow night in Danbury about turning the former Super 8 motel into a homeless shelter.  The Zoning Commission is holding the hearing on an application which would have the non-profit Pacific House provide wrap around services and be the shelter provider for the City.  Neighbors have created a “Protect our Children” website and petition against the proposal.  The homeless population has been housed at the Lake Avenue facility since the start of the pandemic when a gubernatorial executive order called for more room for congregate settings.  The public hearing is at 7:30pm tomorrow, via Zoom.  The proposal is to have 48 supportive housing units, with 38 rooms for emergency beds.  Up to 172 people would be served in emergency situations, which would include winter weather events.  Existing zoning regulations limit shelters to 20 beds per lot.

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