The decision before the Green Bay city council – whether to authorize a permit for a new transitional housing facility for men looking for a new start.
But the location is being met with opposition from neighbors.
The director for Transformation House, a program to help men get back on their feet, says their current building on Broadway is too small and they’re looking for a bigger space.
They set their sights on Clay street where the Santa Maria nursing home once was, but people from the neighborhood are not so sure they want Transformation House there.
The building was purchased, but a permit has not been acquired which has made neighbors suspicious.
The director says the decision was made with good intent.
“The owner of the Santa Maria nursing home knew that we were looking for a facility to house the men and they came to us with a real good deal,” says director Manuelus Reacco. “They wanted the building to be used continuously as an out reach type of facility.”
But residents around the area oppose the transition home for men being located so close to them.
“I’ve been in touch with Alderman Galvin in regards to just worrying about the safety of my family,” says one neighbor.
“I don’t believe that there was any discussion about the possible effects of the property values and the negative incentives for improvement of properties because of those values,” says another neighbor.
If Transformation House moved to 430 Clay Street they could hold up to 46 residents who must receive background checks.
Reacco says the men he works with will be too busy working to cause any problems and they have curfews.
Helping them change their lives he said will in turn be the best for the greater good of the neighborhood.
“Sometimes change is good and I believe this right here is really going to help the neighborhood,” says Reacco.
Monday the council decided to send the authorization of the permit back to the Plan Commission.