Violence at Bonne Terre Shelter Raises Concerns

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Repeated incidents of violence are raising concerns about a homeless shelter in the eastern Missouri town of Bonne Terre.

The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that City Administrator Larry Barton is seeking a meeting between the city council and the Shared Blessings shelter. Barton says he wants an explanation about who runs the volunteer organization and details about its policies.

Barton says police are frequently called to the shelter, and he worries that residents and police are being put in harm’s way.

The shelter is funded entirely by donations. The newspaper says the shelter has had trouble finding a suitable live-in caretaker and getting help with criminal background checks for residents.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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