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City approves funding for Salvation Army plans; some neighbors balk

Now that the Madison Finance Committee has approved $500,000 to help pay for the Salvation Army’s plans to build affordable housing, the organization finds itself in a better position to get one more funding piece.

According to an article in The Capital Times, the Salvation Army will seek more funding in the form of a grant from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. If it is successful in securing funds from this competitive grant process, it could break ground on the Shield Apartments in 2020.

The Salvation Army would like to redevelop its facility at 630 E. Washington Ave. from a standalone, drop-in shelter for women and families into a campus that includes 37 affordable housing units and provides various human services. City funding for the housing piece will come from its affordable housing fund, while support for the continuation and expansion of the shelter function will come from a capital campaign. To better meet the needs of the local homeless population, plans call for more than doubling the capacity of the shelter from about 150 people to 350.

One potential snag is neighborhood opposition. A group of neighbors is appealing the project’s recent approval by another city body — the Madison Plan Commission — according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal. They say the redevelopment would draw more crime to the area.

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