Chapel House residents return after being displaced last week

Chapel House residents returned to the Franklin Street homeless shelter Monday night after being displaced for nearly one week due to emergency water and sewer line repairs.

Late last Tuesday night the men’s homeless shelter notified the public it was temporarily closing its doors due to issues that included a rupture in the water main line as well as a break in the main sewage line.

While displaced, Holy Family Church on North Street, where Chapel House began more than 10 years ago, opened up its gymnasium for the men to stay in.

James Breslin, the board president of Chapel House, said that repair work started Monday morning and made such “tremendous progress” that the shelter “got the go-ahead that the men can stay at the shelter (Monday night).”

Although 15 men were originally displaced, eight returned to the shelter Monday night. Breslin explained that seven men were able to move into their own places permanently due to some applications and processes being expedited in light of the circumstances.

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