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Open house Oct. 2 at transitional home where burglary suspects were arrested

Some neighbors of this house on 4th Avenue and Viewmont Street want the city to not allow it to be used for transitional housing.                   - Faith Brashear / Contributed
Some neighbors of this house on 4th Avenue and Viewmont Street want the city to not allow it to be used for transitional housing.
— image credit: Faith Brashear / Contributed

A month ago, two men living in transitional housing at 418 Viewmont Place were charged with burglarizing The Loft restaurant. Investigators also found items that had been stolen from a neighboring house.

The arrests sparked concerns from some neighbors about whether proper background checks were done on the home’s tenants, and how the house will be used in the future; it has been used for temporary housing for families facing homelessness.

On Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., 418 Viewmont Place will be open to the public for an open house. The house is owned by Poulsbo First Lutheran Church and is a former church parsonage. It is used as transitional housing by One Church One Family and Kitsap Community Resources.

“A number of people have been involved in cleaning the parsonage and we wanted to invite the neighbors to come walk through and have conversation,” Associate Pastor Kent Shane emailed. “The Mayor will be there, as will people from One Church One Family, Kitsap Community Resources, and First Lutheran Church.”

 

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