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Mayor Brown speaks out on Springfield homeless resource center
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown made a surprise visit to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Center Thursday evening.

The Mayor wanted to reiterate his support for a pilot project to open a resource center for the homeless community, an idea that many neighbors did not support.

He told the council and residents in attendance he has made no recommendation for the center's location, and the former Armory, located at 815 N. Market Street, will not be considered for the site.

"As mayor, I will not support a resource center at the Armory," Mayor Brown said at Thursday night's meeting. "Neither I nor the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida have recommended any location."

The six-month project would operate the proposed resource center three days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City says it would provide essential services but no beds for the homeless.

The Mayor said the center would provide opportunities for services to help transient people.

Mayor Brown encouraged non-profit providers, the private sector and residents to continue offering ideas and suggestions on a location and services.

"Our work has been inclusive and transparent, and it will continue to be," Mayor Brown said.

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