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Homeless shelter approved for Downtown Kankakee

KANKAKEE – A one-year agreement for a five-night-a- a week homeless shelter has been approved for the Downtown area.

The shelter was approved by the Kankakee City Council in a vote of 11-1 for Fortitude Community Outreach to operate a shelter out of St. Paul Lutheran Church five nights a week over the winter.

The decision to allow the organization access to the downtown community comes less than a year after City Council voted 2-12 against such a shelter operating in the area.

A permanent homeless shelter plan is in place by the organization for multiple sites including Washington Avenue or Kennedy Drive. The organization wants to have a new permanent site up and running by fall next year.

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