Councilman tells LISD his concerns, possible homeless shelter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Councilman tells LISD his concerns, possible homeless shelter

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock homeless issue continues making people uncomfortable.  Reports that a former elementary school will be converted into a homeless shelter have neighbors at the former Mahon Elementary School worried. Lubbock ISD went out for bids to sell the building at 2010 Cornell.  The top bidder is a Lubbock businessman who is also the director of a charitable organization. 

City Councilman Victor Hernandez quotes a Lubbock ISD Trustee as saying the businessman, Rick Canup, wants to use the former elementary school for "transitional services and housing for the homeless."

Via email Hernandez asked Trustees Steve Massengale, Dan Pope and James Arnold October 27 to consider the concerns of residents.  "The residents of the Mahon, Jackson and Guadalupe neighborhoods are opposed to such use." 

Hernandez continues, "Although they are sensitive to the needs of the homeless, they believe that any new facilities should be located adjacent to the Salvation Army in the downtown area."

Hernandez quotes a Trustee as saying the school board will take up the issue at a meeting on November 15th.  Residents can sign up to speak at the meeting.  (CLICK HERE) to sign up to speak.

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