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Poverello Center managers will meet to address neighborhood concerns

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 18:38:54-04

MISSOULA – Poverello Center managers are promising to meet with the community next week to discuss concerns that the homeless are having some impacts on the neighborhood around the center.

When the shelter opened at its West Broadway location a few years ago some businesses had expressed concerns that the facility could create some conflicts in that part of town.

Now, as the center is seeing increased use, some of the nearby business owners are worried about problems like theft and loitering.

Poverello Center Executive Director Amy Allison Thompson issued a statement on Wednesday saying the shelter “prioritizes” being a good neighbor and wants to address complaints.

Thompson notes the Poverello Center has held regular meetings with the neighborhood every other month since opening.

But now, the center will hold monthly meetings and alternate between mornings and evenings so more people can participate.

One of those meetings is set for April 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Imagination Brewing.

Reporting by Dennis Bragg for MTN News