A public open house at Morrison House, 107 W. Perry St., is planned for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Operated by New Housing Ohio, the transitional housing facility is for people who find themselves homeless and without hope.
In January 2009 the issue of homelessness in Seneca County was addressed by a group of community members, formed under the leadership of former Mayor James Boroff. The community task force discussed available resources and what was needed to help them meet their immediate needs and to inspire them to become independent, self-sufficient and productive citizens.
At the time, there were no homeless shelters in Seneca County and people were given a short stay at a local motel and food if needed.
The task force worked with community agencies and funding sources to address the whole person, rather than just the need for emergency shelter.
The open house is to introduce the new facility - formerly a bed and breakfast - to the community.