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VLC and county haven't seen eye to eye

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The VLC shelter, called The Sanctuary, was run under a charitable corporation VLC Global Ministries its director, Pastor Randy Kennedy.

Kennedy has complained of insufficient county funding and has said if homeless people were sent to his shelter first, it would be sustainable. He has complained about a lack support among church groups and others too.

The Y, which provides emergency and long-term housing placement services for Grey County, granted the VLC the $50 county per-diem rate for each night someone stayed temporarily at the shelter.

But it favoured placing homeless people in motels. Stays at the VLC had to be specifically requested. They also paid for VLC stays where the person arrived after 10 p.m., after the after-hours emergency housing phone line shut down.

Y housing referral program manager Joan Chamney said recently she has tried to work with Kennedy to address concerns, including "more accountable business practices, such as screening volunteers, setting up a board of directors, applying for funding . . ."

Kennedy has said over the years that he has tried to be open and accountable.

County chief administrative officer Kim Wingrove asked rhetorically in an interview, "Do we wish that VLC would have taken us up on one of the many offers of assistance that had been made to them over the years so that we wouldn't be in this situation?"

The VLC eviction last Tuesday enforced a court judgment in favour of the first mortgage holder for more than $235,000. Nick Borchardt said his mortgage was due 8 1/2 years ago but he extended it, and even lowered the interest rate.

 

 

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