Charlottesville Speaks About Assisted Living Controversy

November 2, 2007

A shelter designed to help people out on the streets say the city of Charlottesville abruptly canceled the opening Thursday but city officials say that is just not true.

At 9 a.m. Friday morning about 15 people from both Compass Day Haven and Monticello Ridge Crossing showed up at the doorstep of City Hall demanding answers.

They say the city shut down the shelter facility they were planning on opening Thursday without warning, but Friday we talked with the city spokesperson and he says that's just not the case.

Ric Barrick spoke on behalf of city officials Friday saying that this facility that the groups want to open up does not have the necessary permit. He also says that through letters and personal meetings, the group knew that they would not be able to open up well before Thursday.

Barrick says the next opportunity to apply for the permit is on November 20th. Barrick also emphasizes that it is in the city's best interest to make sure that shelters are open and that they are willing to work with anyone trying to make that happen.

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