POSTED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 7:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 5:56pm
The East Texas Rescue Mission has been open for nearly two years, housing several homeless people. Now these people might have to go back to the streets.
The center provides several services, such as GED programs and ministries throughout the week.
Tony Chung, the president of the Resue Mission, expanded the mission without a permit and housed over a hundred people instead of the less than forty allotted.
Also, there were no background checks given to the men before they were allowed to stay at the mission. Some are concerned with what bringing in homeless men might do for the safety of the children in the area.
Mr. Chung asked the city council for a special permit to continue using and expanding the mission for six months. The council denied him that permit.
Dozens of volunteers, homeless people, and Mr. Chung are all devestated.
Mr. Chung says this is his heart and passion, and now his heart is broken.
The city will give the mission a grace period to close down, but we're not sure how long that will be.
Mr. Chung says he is going to put the building up for lease or sale.