Agency sides with Springfield homeless shelter

Agency sides with Springfield homeless shelter City of Springfield’s request that pastor lose his deed is rejected 11:32 PM, Apr. 6, 2012 Written by Jess Rollins News-Leader.com Despite pleas from Springfield officials, the federal government is leaving the deed of […]

Agency sides with Springfield homeless shelter

City of Springfield’s request that pastor lose his deed is rejected

11:32 PM, Apr. 6, 2012
Written by Jess Rollins
News-Leader.com

Despite pleas from Springfield officials, the federal government is leaving the deed of a Jefferson Avenue day shelter for the homeless in the hands of Rev. Larry Rice.

City officials had asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to take back the federal surplus deed alleging that the Veterans Coming Home Center is a danger to its occupants, as well as neighboring businesses, schoolchildren and residents.

The federal agency declined.

HHS officials replied to the city in a March 28 letter.

“No basis currently exists” to reclaim the property, according to the letter from Theresa Ritta, chief of the property branch at HHS.

Ritta said HHS conducted an inspection of the veteran’s center on Jan. 23 and concluded the property was being used appropriately.

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