Green Bay homeless shelter dealing with surge

CREATED Jan. 15, 2013

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A homeless shelter in downtown Green Bay is asking for help dealing with an overflow population.

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter officials held a news conference Monday to seek new partners in serving a homeless population that has surged in recent months.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports dozens of supporters gathered outside the shelter to demonstrate solidarity with the church-run facility.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and other city leaders have criticized St. John's for exceeding occupancy limits with 80 or more residents since opening for the season on Nov. 1. The city has cited the shelter for violating its city permit and issued a court summons that could result in fines of $500 a day.

The case is due in Green Bay Municipal Court on Feb. 5.

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Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com