Halfway house being proposed on Peoria’s southside

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A halfway house could be coming to Peoria’s south side.

Pastor Clara Forman-Underwood is the executive director of the Joseph Dreamhouse, her goal is to open a faith-based halfway house for women at 1010 South Blaine Street.

A month ago Underwood went before the city’s planning and zoning commission to receive a permit allowing the property to be rezoned from neighborhood commercial use to special use.

Approving this permit was on the agenda during Tuesday’s council meeting, however the decision was deferred to allow Underwood to get more input.

One south side resident was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting saying, “We already have several issues on the south side, we just don’t need a halfway house in our neighborhood.”

However Underwood says several individuals in the area are well accepting of the proposed facility, “I really don’t know what the push back is,” said Underwood. “I’m talking to the community everybody is excited about it I’ve talked to Heartland Clinic, different pastors, different businesses and they’re all eager to help.”

Underwood plans to speak to more neighbors and business owners before council makes a final decision on the permit.

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