Residents say no to homeless shelter

July 23, 2008 8:59:10 PM PDT
A battle is brewing over how to help some of the city's homeless.Advocates are pushing for new housing for the homeless on the East Side at Cullen in I-45. But at least one city council member and some neighbors do not like the idea.

Residents in Eastwood there don't want an old college dorm converted into housing for the homeless.

If built, the Magnolia Glen project will house around 200 homeless residents. It will be developed by a nonprofit organization.

Wednesday in Houston's city council, there were some heated words between council members James Rodriguez and Peter Brown. (Watch the exchange in the above media player)

When pressed, Mayor Bill White said he won't force the project if the residents object. He wants to look at other areas of town.

Residents hope he means it.

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