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Homeless Community in Titletown Reacts to Madison Mayor's Proposal
The mayor of Madison is looking to fine those who sit on a park bench for more than an hour or lay down near State Street as a way to address the "homeless problem". NBC26 brought some attention to the Micah Center today and how our community is looking to address the needs of the homeless a little differently. Proud to live and work in a community where social service providers, Green Bay Police Department, city aldermen, community members and small business owners all worked together to proactively address the needs of our neighbors and our city here in Green Bay.

As my (Lexie's) quote reflected in the news clip, citing a homeless individual for sitting a park bench is not only a violaton of human rights, but it creates the opposite solution desired. That fine, which cannot be paid by someone who is struggling with homelessness, will eventually result in a warrant. The individual will sit the time in jail with taxpayer money. When released, the individual will once again be cited when found sitting on a park bench starting a cyclical process through the jails. Instead, tax payer money could be used to proactively address the needs of that community: mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment and/or affordable housing (affordable housing in that area currently requires an individual to make $20/hour). Additionally, the mayor could look to capitalize on the problem in a way that serves all involved. While he chooses to focus on the litter problem (which he attributes to the homeless and not to the college students or other individuals that fill State Street), he could look to create a job program that would employ these homeless individuals to beautify the area and clean up trash. Individuals currently struggling with homelessness could find employment, improve the community and hope could be restored leading the way for these individuals to accomplish greater professional goals. These same individuals that are currently panhandling along the sidewalk in that community would no longer need to beg for money and could instead contribute to making the capital great. Employing these individuals would create a period of employment that would help them take steps towards more sustainable employment. Instead of utilizing tax dollars to sit in a jail cell, they could become contributing taxpayers themselves. Or, the city could cite a homeless individual for sitting down in broad daylight...

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Homeless Community in Titletown Reacts to Madison Mayor's Proposal

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Laura J KnaapenIt makes no sense to fine people who you know can't afford to pay.

2 days ago   ·  3

Annette Van LannenSad!

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Donamae Clausen KutskaHe closes the shelter may through October. In Green Bay.

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Kiefer Jerome Kohlbeckwell said lexi!

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Randy Biedermanthis is so very true

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St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter & The Micah Center added 2 new photos.

St. John's and the Micah Center want to thank the NWTC Team Building/Problem Solving class lead by Andy Clark for their generous donation of needed items! Thank you all- these items will go a long way in helping a lot of people!
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St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter & The Micah Center added 3 new photos.

A huge thank you to St. Peter's church all the way from Forrest Lake MN for all their help in moving the donation room to the second floor!
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Ged WoodAlways great when a church group puts feet to their faith....way to go St. Peter youth!

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Lori NiesGreat work!!!

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Marcia RussellNow that's what it's all about.

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Michelle Rocque RoznowskiMany thanks!

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Phyllis BoehmBlessings to all

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Joanne SmithThank You all from St. Peter's Church for helping out at SJEH Shelter. You were a blessing to us.

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Jennifer Andreshak👏👏👏

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Chelsea LynnWhat a huge help!

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Jess HendersonThanks so much!

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Mary Betchart PlattenFantastic! Nice work :)

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It's that time of year again. Please help spread the word to anyone looking to get involved at the shelter this upcoming season! ... See MoreSee Less

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