Tucson searching for new migrant shelter space

Credit: KGUN, Tucson, AZ
Published on May 4, 2019 - Duration: 02:18s
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Tucson searching for new migrant shelter space

--SEEKING ASYLUM -- WILL CLOSE ASA SHELTER SOON.AS KGUN9 ON YOUR SIDE'S CRAIGSMITH REPORTS, CHARITY ANDGOVERNMENTOFFICIALS ARE HOPING THECOMMUNITY WILL TAKE UP THE SLACKWITH DONATED SPACE AND SUPPLIES.THE BENEDICTINE MONASTERY ISFULL OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDRENBROUGHT THERE BY OFFICERS FROMFEDERAL IMMIGRATIONS ANDCUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT.THEY CROSSED THE BORDER SEEKINGASYLUM, SAYING THEY HOPE TOESCAPE VIOLENCE AND POVERTY INPLACES LIKE GUATEMALA.CRAIG: "WHEN THE SISTERS WHOLIVED HERE SOLD THE MONASTERY TOCONSOLIDATE AT ANOTHER LOCATION,A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER BOUGHTIT TO TURN IT TO RETAIL ANDRESIDENTIAL BUT HE DONATED THESPACE AS A SHELTER WHILE THEPROJECT CAME TOGETHER BUT NOWTHE PROJECT WORK IS SET TO BEGININ LATE SUMMER AND THE SHELTERWILLCLOSE."NOW CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES,CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ARECALLING FOR SUBSTITUTE SHELTERSPACE, AND CASH AND SUPPLYDONATIONS.CITY OFFICIALS SAY OVER EASTERWEEKEND THEY SPENT MAYBE 20THOUSAND DOLLARS HOUSING A SURGEOF MIGRANTS IN A CITY RECREATIONCENTER BUT VOLUNTEERS ANDDONATIONS HAVE COVERED THE REST.COUNCILMEMBER STEVE KOZACHIKSAYS WITHOUT SHELTERSIMMIGRATION OFFICERS WOULD BETURNING PEOPLE OUT ON THESTREETS WHERE THEY'D RAISE COSTSFOR CITY POLICE AND PARAMEDICSWHILE THEY TRIED TO REACHGOVERNMENT APPROVEDSPONSORS IN OTHER CITIES."SINCE THE MIDDLE OF JANUARYWE'D HAVE HAD ABOUT SEVENTHOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLESTREET RELEASED THAT DIDN'TSPEAK THE LANGUAGE, AND ALL THEOTHER THINGS THAT I MENTIONED.THERE WERE KIDS,TIRED, HUNGRY, POORLY CLOTHED,LOW LEVEL HEALTH ISSUES GOINGON---FIND YOUR WAY TO TOLEDO."TERESA CAVENDISH HAS KEPT THESHELTER SYSTEM GOING FORCATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES.

NOWSHE NEEDS NEW SPACE TO REPLACETHE MONASTERY THAT'S BEEN THEHEART OF THE SHELTEREFFORT."WE ARE LOOKING FOR LOTS OF OPENSPACE; A PLACE WITH GOOD KITCHENFACILITIES, REALLY GOODSANITATION FACILITIES; PLACESWHERE PEOPLE CANFEEL SAFE AND SECURE AND THATTHE NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD BECOMFORTABLE HAVING US OPERATE."AND NO ONE'S QUITE SURE WHEN THEDEMAND FOR THE SHELTERS WILLEND.CRAIG SMITH, KGUN9 ON YOUR SIDEA LOT OF PEOPLE COMMENTING ONKGUN9'S FACEBOOK PAGE ARE ANGRYABOUT THE PUSH TO FIND NEWSHELTER SPACE.YOU CAN SEE THE DEBATE FORYOURSELF THERE.

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