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EL PASO, Texas (KDBC) — El Paso city council reintroduced an ordinance limiting where homeless shelters can stand.
In June, city council originally wanted to ban homeless shelters along with halfway houses, from setting up within a thousand feet of other shelters and halfway houses, churches, schools, daycares, parks, universities, or near residentially zoned areas.
The new ordinance now only restricts shelters to certain commercial and industrial zoning districts, after an outcry from leaders at several local shelters.
Council will vote on the ordinance September 2nd.
It's an ordinance that residents in central El Paso are up in arms about.
They say the Rescue Mission has now chosen to rebuild their long-term shelter in their neighborhood on 900 Wyoming Ave.
They are upset, saying the original proposed ordinance would have blocked that move, because there is a daycare within 1000 feet.
Rescue Mission CEO Blake Burrow told crowds at a meeting last week that the shelter will specifically house women, children, and those seeking long-term recovery.
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