|Planned Ohio home for homeless veterans denied|
|Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press|
|Friday, 16 August 2013 12:46|
CINCINNATI (AP) — A plan to provide housing and substance-abuse treatment for homeless veterans in the southwestern Ohio city of Middletown has been derailed after a planning commission voted it down.
Dayton-based Holt Street Miracle Center had paired up with a Middletown homeowner, hoping to house three to five homeless veterans as they're treated for alcohol and substance abuse.
Neighbors spoke out against the proposal at a Middletown Planning Commission meeting, saying they didn't want the veterans in the neighborhood because of drug problems in the area.
The home's supporters say the veterans just need a place to pick themselves back up and that they regularly undergo random drug testing.
The commission unanimously turned down the proposal on Wednesday.
Home owner John Porter said Friday that he's exploring options to appeal the decision.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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