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Church Proposes Homeless Shelter in South Pittsburg

The Calvary Baptist Church in South Pittsburg says they will cover the bill for a homeless shelter being proposed in the city.

Some residents in South Pittsburg voiced their opinions at a meeting with city leaders on Tuesday night. You can watch the complete meeting on the Sequatchie Valley Now Facebook page.

Some citizens say South Pittsburg is not ready for a homeless shelter that is already in the planning stages.

The Calvary Baptist Church says the building will have to follow specific rules. The church leaders say a list of terms and conditions, ranging from mandatory drug tests, willingness to work, a set curfew, and more, must be adhered to before someone can stay at the shelter.

One big question came from a resident who said, “My question is, if we don’t have the resources as far as medical professionals and social workers, don’t you have to get all those groups together before you can just let homeless people come in?”

The are some of the terms and conditions:

  • You must always be drug-free and alcohol-free, submitting to a drug test.
  • Only one person or a married couple may occupy each building.
  • You must be willing to help keep the property clean and well-maintained.
  • You must vacate the premises immediately upon notice from staff members.
  • You must attend church services if you occupy the property at church times.
  • You must be willing to work.
  • You must observe a curfew set by staff.
  • There will be no visitors allowed prior to approval.
  • There will be no pets allowed.
  • There will be no profanity.
  • There will be no horseplay.
  • Must be open to searches at all times.
  • No smoking in the buildings.