Arlington County Approves Controversial Homeless Shelter

Residents living near the shelter say they're worried about safety

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Arlington County took the first step toward approving plans for a new homeless shelter this weekend.

    On Saturday, the county's board unanimously voted in favor of buying a seven-story building at 2020 North 14th Street for $27 million.

    The first two floors of the building would be a homeless shelter open all year round. The rest of the building would include office space for county employees.

    Residents who live near the building have voiced their concerns about the shelter. They say that some people wouldn't feel safe in the event that drug addicts, sex offenders, and other criminals use the shelter. 

    If the county approves the purchase, public meetings will be held to hear concerns.