November 1, 2007
A new temporary housing facility for rehabilitation was slated to open it's doors in Charlottesville Thursday.
Wednesday, people helping start-up the facility received a phone message from City of Charlottesville Officials saying they can't open because of zoning.
The building, located off of Ridge/McIntyre Road near downtown was supposed to welcome 26 live-in guests, instead, they had to turn them away.
The people staying at the facility would be receiving meals, mental and physical health services, and help with job placement.
The program is in partnership with the COMPASS Day Haven, a group that will provide some of those care services.
City Officials say a decision came down on Wednesday by a review board that the proper permits were not filed by the shelter to change it's zoning.
City Officials also say that it is a priority that these 26 people be placed in shelters and temporary facilities until a better solution can be found.
Many of them are being put up at the Salvation Army, or at local motel's by private individuals.
In order to rezone the property, the group will have to appeal to the City.
The soonest date for appeal will be December 20th.
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