Xenia nonprofit looks to turn old school into homeless shelter

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Group wants to make old school building a homeless shelter

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

An old school could be put to new use in Greene County if a local non-profit is successful.

Bridges of Hope, based out of Xenia, is working using county resources and local donors to re-purpose the former Simon Kenton Elementary School into a homeless shelter.

The group is attempting to work with Xenia City Council and other community leaders in securing the building for what many in the area see as an unaddressed problem in the community.

"We have people all the time tell us, really we have homeless people here in town? I never see them, and we tell them about the people we've had sleeping under the bridge by our office and they're like flabbergasted,” said Dan Jordan, President of Bridges of Hope.

There are no shelters for single people in Greene County and a local church opens its doors in emergencies allowing in around 30 people a night.

Leaders at Bridges of Hope say they have the support of local police, firefighters and many community members.

The non-profit intends to meet with members of the Xenia City Council Thursday to further discuss the needs for a homeless shelter and how the school could fit their needs.

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