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Arlington Heights officers say Maryville can home refugee women at shelter

Neighbors of a Maryville Academy-run shelter in Arlington Heights have expressed issues about plans to briefly home refugee kids there, however village officers say the social service company is allowed to do it.

The Des Plaines-based group acquired the Arlington Heights village board’s approval in July 2022 to open the house at 800 N. Fernandez Ave. within the former Sisters of the Dwelling Phrase convent and workplaces.

Beneath an settlement with the federal Administration of Kids and Households and Workplace of Refugee Resettlement, Maryville was set to host as many as 16 women ages 12 to 17 who come to the USA as unaccompanied minors. The women would have been allowed to reside there till age 18.

However Maryville officers realized late final yr the contract was canceled, prompting them to pursue a special association administered by state and federal businesses, together with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Safety.

The Arlington Heights shelter remains to be scheduled to host feminine refugee kids, however their size of keep is now anticipated to be shorter — from seven days as much as a yr, village officers stated.

Which may imply extra frequent turnover on the shelter, however not more than 16 occupants are allowed at one time, officers stated.

4 residents who reside subsequent to the Maryville constructing on Kaspar Avenue questioned why the brand new plans didn’t come again to the village board for added public scrutiny and overview.

“It is a important change to the operation of the house,” Wendy Wennerberg stated at a village board assembly Monday. “The unique approval was executed based mostly on the truth that it was a long-term housing neighborhood for these kids and that they might combine. Now it appears to be become a brief transient shelter.”

Added neighbor Heather Hendrickson: “Particularly due to the short-term nature of this, this isn’t conducive to a neighborhood setting.”

However village officers stated Maryville’s newest plans are nonetheless according to the particular use allow accredited by the board practically two years in the past.

“Nothing that they mentioned (with us) rose to the extent of being a violation of or operating up towards the particular use,” stated Village Supervisor Randy Recklaus. “If something, we felt it was extra in compliance with the situations of the particular use than what was initially contemplated.”

Recklaus stated the shelter will nonetheless host the identical variety of women, however their stays are anticipated to be shorter. They gained’t attend colleges in Arlington Heights, however obtain training at Maryville’s important campus in Des Plaines as an alternative.

Much like the unique proposal, residents of the shelter gained’t be capable to go away the property on their very own, Recklaus stated.

Charles Witherington-Perkins, the village’s director of planning and neighborhood improvement, added that Maryville should nonetheless adjust to 5 situations of the July 2022 approval, together with a provision for twenty-four/7 staffing.

“We checked out this and we vetted it and we felt it nonetheless complied with that definition (of shelter care) and that particular use they acquired,” Perkins stated.

He famous the village approval for the Fernandez Avenue property is simply relevant to Maryville, and never transferable to a different consumer.

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