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July 23, 2013

Supporters of homeless shelter proposal to speak to City Council this evening

GREENVILLE — Organizers behind plans to build a shelter for homeless local residents are expected to attend tonight’s meeting of the Greenville City Council.

Representatives from the Hope Center, Hunt County Shared Ministries, the Salvation Army, Women in Need and other service organizations intend to address the Council under the “Citizens To Be Heard” portion of tonight’s regular agenda, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5 p.m. this evening.

As the item being addressed is not included under the regular agenda as an action item, each person can speak for a maximum of three minutes. The Council will not be able to take any action on the comments tonight, but would be able to direct a member of the city staff to respond with factual information or an explanation of existing policy.

Melissa Bishop is planning on opening a shelter in Greenville, with the help of the community. Bishop said that according to recent estimates, there are approximately 300 homeless people in Greenville.

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