by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – “We like the idea, but not in our backyard” was the common theme at the Harrison Planning Commission this week.
Recently, the Shiloh Baptist Church had said it would donate a house at 100 Valley View Road in Harrison to House of Hope, a not for profit that helps the homeless get back on their feet. According to the House of Hope operations manager Larry McCulley, currently the not for profit has to pay for a motel room for clients, because there is no other option in the area for housing.
So, officials with the church asked the commission to give them a special use permit.
While at the meeting, McCulley spoke about the improvements House of Hope would be making to the house and some of the rules and requirements of the potential tenants. However, a large number of residents who live in the neighborhood spoke against the building proposal citing mostly safety concerns.
Due to the number of people strongly opposed to the not for profit using the building, the permit request was withdrawn.