City of
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Alder Sheri Carter

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Alder Sheri Carter

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Home Address:

P. O. Box 46645
Madison , WI 53744

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Carter’s Updates

Men's Homeless Shelter

May 5, 2021 8:06 PM

Another late night/early morning Common Council meeting on May 5th/6th. Adjourned shy of 3 am

I did not support agenda item #69/Legistrar #63920: SUBSTITUTE - Amending the 2021 Adopted Capital Budget for the Community Development Division's Men's Homeless Shelter capital project ....

When City staff informed the council of their first location of interest the former Play Haven Daycare on East Towne Blvd. I was in support of the location for the men's shelter.  Unfortunately, the purchase fell through because another entity offered more money.  When City staff came back to the council to inform them of the next choice for the men's shelter and the location was 2002 Zeier Road. I informed staff I could not support this location.

My non-support was solely the location at 2002 Zeier Road location. It was NOT for any of the reason you may have heard last night: fear/fearful, increase in crime or criminal acts, capitalism over human rights, or development over social responsibility. We are all aware the reason for homelessness/houseless is always different for each individual or family. The reality is City staff did not recapitulate that Zeier Road was the best location, but repeatedly stated the building was available, and we will make it work.  City staff and the Council have an opportunity to get the best and right location.

Last night or early morning I expressed along with some of my colleagues our dedication, and commitment to build a purpose-built shelter that will provide those who are experiencing homelessness an accessible location, a safe place rest, and support/encouragement and services under one roof.




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