- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A shelter for homeless women and children that is moving to a new site in Rapid City is being given half a year to prove it won’t create problems in the neighborhood.

The Rapid City Council recently approved the Cornerstone Rescue Mission’s move with a unanimous vote, but commissioners also imposed a six-month trial period because 133 residents in the new neighborhood signed a petition opposing the facility. The residents cited fears that include more crime and lower property values.

The home serves as transitional housing for homeless mothers, some of whom are court-ordered to live there. It offers temporary shelter as they work, find jobs or study new career paths, and ultimately establish permanent homes elsewhere.

The home has not been dubbed a problem address, according to Police Chief Karl Jegeris.

“These are folks who are just trying to move on with their life,” Cornerstone Rescue Foundation President Jim Castleberry told The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1t5BpGn ).

The mission for three years has been searching for a larger space to accommodate an average of 30 women and children who at any given time live in the nine-bedroom two-story home, Castleberry said. The new facility is a former retirement home with much more space. The date of the move has not yet been scheduled.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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