ROCKFORD- A Rockford church opened their doors to the homeless during frigid temperatures serving as a warming shelter, until they were told by the city otherwise.
Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford was housing 50 or more people each night it was open, and the city of Rockford said that the building was not properly zoned to be a homeless shelter and that it was a fire hazard.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey says the city is just following state of Illinois Zoning Regulations.
“They require that within a certain confined space you can only have so many people, that is not anything that is new, it has been around for a long time. Carpenters Place, the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army; they all play by those rules and we are applying those rules uniformly,” explained Morrissey.
The church has received national support and has a petition with hundreds of signatures asking the city and the Mayor Morrissey to allow the shelter to reopen.
The pastor will be delivering that petition to City Hall on Monday.
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