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Fortitude Shelter proposal for former St. Paul school struck down by Kankakee

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.

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