Home for people with intellectual disabilities gets green light in Stonewall
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:55PM CST
A controversial home for people living with intellectual disabilities will move forward in Stonewall.
Residents packed a council meeting in the Manitoba town, located about 37 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Tuesday night.
It was standing room only until organizers moved the meeting to Stonewall United Church to accommodate the crowd.
The meeting was focused on the final decision for a proposed home for people living with intellectual disabilities in Stonewall.
The Association for Community Living wanted to rent a house in the town, so three of its clients can live together in the community.
The association needed approval from town council to use it as a residential care facility.
Some homeowners at the meeting opposed the move, citing safety concerns; however, Stonewall officials gave the project the go ahead.
"It's just really, it's wonderful,” said Tara Smith, executive director of the Association for Community Living. “It's wonderful for (our clients) because they're really looking forward to it, and it's been a long process for them too."
While a date hasn't been set for the residents to move in, the desired timeframe would be in the next few months.