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County may make offer on homeless day shelter


MADISON (WKOW) -- After years of searching for place for homeless people to go during the day, county officials may be making an offer on a facility on Madison's east side.

According to the Cap Times, Lynn Green, director of Dane County's Department of Human Services, said she expects the county soon will make an offer to purchase the MARC East facility at 3939 Lien Road.

"An offer is likely to be submitted in near future," Green told the Cap Times late last week. "It seems to be the only location that's out there."

MARC East is currently a day center for adults with developmental disabilities, and recently dropped its price to $600,000, according to the Cap Times. This amount is the same amount county officials say is in the budget for a homeless day shelter.  

"We've been conducting a search around the city. We have one building that we've identified as a potential site. We're still looking at all our options but it's our hope to have a permanent day center by mid-2014," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi told WKOW on Monday, without mention of whether the county would be making an offer on MARC East.

The Tenant Resource Center's Brenda Konkel says the process of finding a site for a day shelter has been frustrating.

"I would like to believe that we'd have something by next July, but I'm not that hopeful. It just seems like it's mired in so many community issues -- nobody wants to have a day center in their backyard," Brenda Konkel said.

It's not clear yet whether the county will move on the offer; however, county supervisors are making an announcement Tuesday regarding the future of homeless services in Madison.  

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