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Neighbors Voice Concerns of Homeless Apartment Complex

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Neighbors of a future homeless apartment complex are speaking out against the project being built in Moorhead next to their homes.
Churches United for the Homeless is fighting for those who need a home while still working to ensure neighbors it's a safe plan.

"We have a homeless problem and we need to help. i believe that," Mitzi Pederson said.

Pederson of Moorhead understands the growing homelessness issue in her community but like many of her fellow neighbors, she feels left in the dark about a new place being built to help right next door.

"You turn around and say there will be full time security and we will have good neighbors but there's a conflict there," Pederson said.

Churches United now owns the land on 34th Street near Pederson's home in Pine View Cottages, a senior housing development.

They plan to build a 41-unit apartment complex next door to help combat the growing number of homeless people but neighbors say they do not feel safe and are not welcomed to the idea.

"We don't feel there will be adequate control of traffic out of the facility . they tell us there will be no drug testing and these people will be allowed to continue to drink," Don Johnson said.

but those with Churches United are trying to ensure that the apartments will have 24 hour security and will be rented to homeless veterans and the elderly first, keeping the neighborhood as a safe place to live.

"What we are going to put there is going to help the people in our shelter to make a positive step. I don't want us to assume it's going to bring the neighborhood down. We need to build something that will uplift everybody," Churches United Executive Director, Jane Alexander said.

But neighbors like Pederson don't feel uplifted by any of the plans that still leave many unanswered questions.

Neighbors are also concerned that this apartment complex would only be the beginning of what would be built on the 10-acre land.


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