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Local homeless sanctuary pushes ahead with expansion despite delay, winter weather

Posted at 6:10 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 08:45:00-05

MILWAUKEE — A sanctuary for the homeless on 24th and Center is finally moving forward with a much-needed expansion, despite construction delays.

The MacCannon Brown Homeless Sanctuary began work on a warm, resource center for those in need in early October. They were hoping to begin in April, but delays in getting approval to work slowed the process.

“It’s is very concerning to us and frustrating that we are not able to be fully operation. We are moving forward as fast as we can, given the unexpected delays,” said Sis. MacCannon Brown, the sanctuary’s founder.

Thursday, Brown shared her vision of the facility with TODAY’S TMJ4. A new full-service cafeteria that converts into a common area will come later down the line.

For now, the sanctuary gathers twice a week near a loading toward the back of the building at 2461 Center St. A sole heating vent keeps everyone warm as people in need come to get things they may need. Items range from furniture, bikes, clothes and food.

The space is a big help for Teresa Harris, who collects cans in the area.

“Once I leave here, I have to go to United to take care of my cans,” Harris said.

Brown said the new space will be fully operational by April. In time, she hopes every inch of the five story building would be dedicated to helping fight poverty in various ways.