Homeless shelter still empty until court rules on challenge
By Paul R. Jefferson
Staff Writer, 1/7/2006
Brunswick County’s new homeless shelter sits unoccupied pending a Superior Court
ruling on a challenge to the home’s location on Midway Road, said Linda Turner, BFAA
“It’s still just sitting empty,” she said.
The shelter, a 3,000-square-foot red brick house at 2530 Midway Road, was purchased
last spring by the Brunswick Family Assistance Agency board of directors. In May, the
county’s Board of Adjustment gave a special exception to zoning laws for the shelter site
because the county does not have specific zoning for emergency or homeless shelter
Neighbors of the proposed shelter filed a lawsuit against the county to force a
reconsideration of the decision. County officials answered the suit in June, contending the
decision was a fair one. A Superior Court judicial panel is expected to issue a ruling on
the case sometime in March, Turner said.
The shelter is named the E. Richard Gerety Family Haven, in recognition of a Family
Assistance supporter who left a $130,000 bequest for a family homeless shelter.
The residence would temporarily house three to four homeless families at a time, Turner
said. Pending the outcome of the court case, the agency is in the process of closing on the
$259,000 property and plans to open later this year.
Paul Jefferson: 343-2327