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Neighbors Concerned Over Salvation Army's New Location In OKC

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Construction has already started at the new location, but neighbors are still fighting it. They are nervous about what a new homeless center will bring. Construction has already started at the new location, but neighbors are still fighting it. They are nervous about what a new homeless center will bring.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Salvation Army is moving its Oklahoma City campus due to the MAPS 3 park going on in downtown.

Construction has already started at the new location, but neighbors are still fighting it. They are nervous about what a new homeless center will bring.

Steve Schilling couldn't get a step in life.

"I was an alcoholic. I'd been an alcoholic for years and year," he said.

He had been an alcoholic long enough to end up in the streets homeless, until he found the Salvation Army. Soon he quit drinking and got off the streets.

It's success stories that some neighbors near the new $14 million "Center of Hope" wish would happen, just not so close to their home.

Folks here at N.W. 10th and Penn. aren't as concerned with the homeless living here as they are with the homeless who will be eating here and then leave, with really nowhere else to go but their neighborhoods.

The Salvation Army says people need to understand that a small number of 75 to 125 people eating their free meal each night actually live on the streets.

The OKC city council still has to vote on a permit for the facility. The new Salvation Army facility is scheduled to open in August of 2014.

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