Canandaigua church in uphill battle to help homeless

Can St. John’s Episcopal Church open its rectory as a day center for homeless families?

The question has been playing out for more than a year between Canandaigua city officials, neighbors and those with the church and partner organization, Family Promise of Ontario County.

An answer may come as soon as Wednesday night.

The plan would provide a daytime, home base for the families at St. John’s where they could receive services and meet with social workers, workforce professionals and others to help them get back on their feet and be self-sufficient. Family Promise, a national nonprofit, would run the program, which has a network of area volunteers and churches arranging overnight accommodations for the families.

Ontario County schools reported 345 students as homeless in the 2016-17 school year. As many as 60 families are estimated to be homeless in the county.

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