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Soup kitchen owner awaits halfway house ruling

Owner Sharon Walker said her proposed halfway house will house 5 men, chosen through an application process. (Source: WAFF) Owner Sharon Walker said her proposed halfway house will house 5 men, chosen through an application process. (Source: WAFF)
NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) -

The New Hope City Council will decide Tuesday if a property can be rezoned as a halfway house. The owner of the property, Sharon Walker, said it's a done deal.

“There's an amendment that has been passed on the federal and state level called the Fair Housing Act, and it makes it illegal for anyone to discriminate based on disability,” Walker said. “Included under disability is addiction.”

Property owners in the area have some concerns about the new plans. Wanda Fisher's family has owned the property next to the Johnson Avenue house for the last 50 years. She does not want to move, but is worried about security if the halfway house gets zoned next door to her. She's also worried what the house will do to her property value.

Walker, known in Huntsville for her 'Rose of Sharon' soup kitchen and thrift store, said neighbors have nothing to be worried about.

“It's going to be a very strict program, they're going to be very busy and they're not gonna have time for any of the activities they used to do,” Walker said. “This is not gonna be a free ride."

Walker hopes to have people moved in by the end of the year. Five men will live in the house for up to 6 months and will be selected through an application process.

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