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Neighbors balk at proposed Franklin homeless shelter

Posted October 15, 2012

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— Residents in the Franklin County community of Zollieville have come out against plans to open a shelter for homeless families in the area east of Louisburg.

The Franklin County Mission Shelter wants to use the vacant Zollieville Rest Home for the county's first homeless shelter. Executive Director Lee Jefferys called the building an ideal situation, noting that it already has a commercial kitchen and laundry facilities.

"I saw the vision and the potential of a building, instead of it dilapidating and being an eyesore in the community," Jefferys said Monday.

About 170 homeless children live in Franklin County, he said, citing a main reason the group wants to open a shelter for families.

The site would need to be rezoned for the shelter, and the Franklin County Planning Board voted last week not to recommend the change. The county Board of Commissioners will have the final say on the issue when it votes on Nov. 19.

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Zollieville residents say they don't want a shelter nearby, noting they fear for the safety of the many seniors who live in the area. They also noted that the area doesn't have supermarkets or other amenities that could benefit the homeless.

"If there was a homeless shelter here, that would really – we would not feel safe," resident Dorothy Waddell said.

Waddell said she and her neighbors support the idea of a homeless shelter in Franklin County, but they said the old rest home isn't the right spot for it.

Jefferys said he understands the community opposition and doesn't want to upset residents. He said the Mission Shelter board might withdraw the rezoning application before it goes to the Board of Commissioners.

"We're not giving up," he said, adding that the organization might start looking at other sites for the shelter.

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  • ctm20002 Oct 16, 2012

    In reply to Superman, I couldn't have said it better. You are exactly right!

  • superman Oct 16, 2012

    These people are homeless. I think that means they dont have money to spend at the grocery store, Walmart and other stores. So the proximinity to stores is just smoke. It is the same old same thing-- they need a place but not close to me. No one likes it when their space is chosen but have no regrets if they move next to my house. If they are homeless but are probably jobless too. Stop blowing smoke and just admit you dont want them there.

  • tarheelfan41 Oct 16, 2012

    Franklin County should pass a law "no homeless people in Franklin County." That should fix everything...

  • piene2 Oct 16, 2012

    "I would like to know if these residents that live around Zollieville go to a local church and if they are believers of what the Bible says do they see these people as their neighbor - and if so why do they not want to serve that neighbor? Manily, if the Lord came to their door asking for help - would they see Him any differently than they do these people?
    jrfergerson"

    Do you not know that the gods and religion are a one hour a week diversion? The other one hundred sixty seven hours a week it is business as usual.

  • Ol Forrester Oct 16, 2012

    Location. Location. Location. Good facility, poor location. Are there better facilities, closer to services ??? If so, name some.

  • May201861 Oct 16, 2012

    The community is some 5 to 6 miles from any grocery store, or post office, or social services etc.. If the idea would be approved, then the taxpayers would have to foot the bill for transportation etc.. This makes no sense when one could easily find complexes inside the city limits of Louisburg and eliminate or greatly reduce the burden on taxpayers. As for the 170 homeless children etc., this is misleading. The majority oh these homeless children are actually living in a home with relatives. The words "homeless children" are not what you would think. The term includes anyone who has had to leave their home for any reason. It includes those living with relatives who are in a home.

    It makes more sense to house people closer to the jobs, stores, social services, etc., then sticking them miles away from these services.

  • Sherlock Oct 16, 2012

    Love thy neighbor as long as it is not in my neighborhood. This town is full of great citizens, right!

  • JohnnyMcRonny Oct 15, 2012

    Very sad.

    The families needing shelter are most probably just like yours or mine except that have no home and all the associated problems as a result. I don't think we are talking about your stereotypical panhandling wino.

    The former rest home seems like a perfect opportunity.

    Good luck to the mission and good luck to those they are trying to help.

  • jrfergerson Oct 15, 2012

    I would like to know if these residents that live around Zollieville go to a local church and if they are believers of what the Bible says do they see these people as their neighbor - and if so why do they not want to serve that neighbor? Manily, if the Lord came to their door asking for help - would they see Him any differently than they do these people?

  • anonemoose Oct 15, 2012

    LEE, NO MATTER NO MATTER WHERE YOU WANT TO PUT A SHELTER, YOUR GOING TO HAVE CHICKEN LITTLES LIKE GRANDMA DOT WHO ARE GOING TO SCREAM "NIMBY".

    IF IT IS A SUITABLE FACILITY, MAKE LIKE A RODENT AND GOPHER IT.

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