Homeless shelter project in Midland Co. temporarily suspended - WNEM TV 5

Homeless shelter project in Midland Co. temporarily suspended

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A former school that was supposed to become a state-of-the-art shelter for the homeless is in limbo.

Despite volunteer work and financial donations, those plans are now on hold.

“Discouraged. Disappointed. The fact that nothing’s been said for a couple of months that makes me wonder if there’s something I don’t know about,” said Cheryl Johnson, donor.

It’s been two weeks since we first told you about a project designed to help homeless veterans in Midland County called New Hope Village.

People who donated their money and time are wondering what is happening with the project.

“Just no answer,” Johnson said.

The project has been temporarily suspended.

“It’s heart-wrenching to know that something the community needs so desperately is going nowhere,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.

She claims to have close knowledge of the situation. She said those who volunteered their time and money to help with the project deserve more from New Hope Village.

“I would be very upset, very frustrated. And I would demand answers,” she said.

The president of the New Hope Village board is Betty Kirkley. She said she is currently out of the state dealing with family issues.

“the board decided to take a step back to find a successful path forward,” Kirkley said.

She said the board did not want to spend any more money until they had a clear plan of action. She said the money spent so far has gone towards construction with the project.

“All of the rest of the money is in a checking account in New Hope Village’s name at Chemical Bank and Trust. And it’s being held there safely,” Kirkley said.

Kirkley said the construction on the old elementary school is close to 90 percent complete, but she did not offer a timetable as to when she expects the building would host the military veterans.

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