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St. John's Evangelist homeless shelter cited for violating 64-bed permit

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St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in Green Bay, Monday, December 10, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).
St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in Green Bay, Monday, December 10, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay has cited a downtown homeless shelter for allegedly violating occupancy limits.

The target is St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, operated by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay at 411 St. John St.

The citation alleges the shelter violated local zoning codes on December 21st and “continuously thereafter.”

Mayor Jim Schmitt has taken issue with the shelter is run, as the homeless are kicked out during the day. Before that, Schmitt called about a drunken homeless man urinating outside his home window in a nearby park. 

The two sides met last Friday about capacity issues, the Green Bay Catholic Diocese has maintained is it has an overflow plan that was part of the approved permit. 

The city isn’t commenting further but the Diocese released a short statement saying the shelter is working with the city in a good faith effort to address the issue of homelessness and would not comment further.

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