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Community meeting on Occupy Madison House plan

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The public is learning more about Occupy Madison's proposal to open a house for the city's homeless on the east side.

At a meeting Saturday afternoon, Occupy organizers told the community about their plans to buy an abandoned building on Fordem Avenue to turn into a mission house, as an alternative to Madison's existing shelters. Eventually, the plan would be for it to run as cooperative housing.

Those planning the Occupy Madison House are asking the city for a $275 thousand loan to get started.

"It's a cooperative housing arrangement," says Ed Kuharski, the project architect. "We're expecting that the typical tenure of a tenant will be shorter than at some of the other community cooperatives in town."

Organizers hope the house will be self-sustainable with residents acting as staff. The house would hold about 20 people, paying up to $200 a month in rent.

A city committee will review the proposal. If passed, it would go to vote in the city council later this month.

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