Announcement expected about the future of Jeffersonville homeless shelter

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 8:39 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS)--The Haven House, the only homeless shelter in a 14 county area of southern Indiana, is expected to announce Friday if the shelter will remain open despite the fact it was auctioned off back in March.

The property was auctioned because Director Barbara Anderson owed the IRS more than $300,000 in back payroll taxes. 

Under the terms of the auction Anderson has until Sept. 5 to raise enough money to buy the shelter back from local roofing contractor David Brown. 

Anderson is receiving some help from a Florida shelter, a grant for $4,400.

Brown bought the shelter for the minimum bid, $7,807.66.  He also agreed to take on the $81,000 mortgage to keep the shelter just as it is with some repairs.

Brown said he had planned to close the shelter for renovations and reopen it once those renovations were completed.

"We want it to stay the way it is. We want it to be a home shelter, a place where people can go to lay their head at night. We want it to be safe for families. We just want it to be a safe place," Brown said back in March after purchasing the property.

The announcement will be made during a news conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

 

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