JONESBORO, Ark. – The announcement of the cancelled plans for the homeless shelter in Jonesboro has prompted a statement from Mayor Harold Perrin.“I am saddened by our inability to secure a facility to serve our homeless population,” the mayor’s statement said. “Nothing affects a family’s hope for the future like being evicted from their home, so we will continue to work for our homeless.”
Perrin stressed that understanding was needed from those in the community who seem to be lacking in compassion.
“But people need to understand the Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro is not trying to create halfway houses that will endanger neighborhoods,” Perrin said. “They want to be Christian brothers and sisters to our less fortunate residents in their time of need.”
Plans were canceled after vocal opposition spoke out to the local media. The news broke late Thursday.
“I will say I am pleased with the progress of our HUB in serving the homeless with services and helping connect them with access to jobs and housing and other fundamental needs,” Perrin said. “We will continue to press forward to serve our most vulnerable.”