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Despite federal funding, Auburn homeless shelter proposal anything but guaranteed

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A planned expansion of a homeless shelter in Auburn, despite having secured $1 million in federal aid, has hit a standstill due to community opposition.

Auburn Mayor Jimmy Giannettino talked about the challenges associated with the 80-bed emergency shelter project last month with FingerLakes1.com, emphasizing the need for community consensus and addressing concerns related to the proposed location on Grant Avenue.


Critics say the expansion could overburden local first responders, though supporters argue it could centralize and better manage the resources currently strained across the community.

The debate over the shelter’s location and its potential impact on the community reflects broader concerns about managing homelessness in Auburn.

The city’s next planning board meeting is set for May 7.