KANKAKEE – The City of Kankakee has rejected a plan put forth by Fortitude Community Outreach to turn the former St. Paul Lutheran Church School in Downtown Kankakee into a homeless shelter for the upcoming winter.
The proposal was struck down by the Kankakee City Council Monday night by a vote of 12-2.
A proposed shelter would have operated seven days a week at the site and had seen support from the Church’s congregation and through public comment. Last winter, Fortitude used Emmanuel Baptist as a shelter but was only granted a one year permit for the site.
Mayor Chastity Wells-Armstrong has promised a renewal ordinance would be on the agenda for that site at an upcoming Council meeting set for Monday, October 5th.