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July 07, 1989 - Image 3

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ouncil -

In an attempt to prevent rowdy
behavior on the city's streets, the
Ann Arbor City Council unani-
mously passed at their June 26 meet-
ing an ordinance prohibiting anyone
from walking the city streets with
open intoxicant containers.
The ordinance was given prelimi-
nary support at the May 1 meeting,
ess than a month after thousands of
university students partied in the
street to celebrate the NCAA cham-
pionship victory.
"Police need a variety of tools
and techniques to carry out their re-
sponsibilities," said Ingrid Sheldon
(R-2nd Ward). "I like the phrase
Mayor Jernigan used during the dis-
cussion: 'It could be interpreted as
another arrow in the quiver that po-
ee carry out their responsibilities."
Formerly, open intoxicants could
be carried by anyone over 21. Police
could intervene only when the per-
son took a drink. The new ordinance,
however, bans all open intoxicants
punishable by fines up to $100 and
possible 30 days in jail.
The Ann Arbor parks are covered
by a separate ordinance which allows
*eer and wine in most areas but bans
all liquor.
As it has in previous meetings,
the issue of possible selective en-
forcement of the ordinance arose.
"It's very difficult to enforce such
an ordinance equitably and consis-
tently," said Liz Brater (D-3rd
Sheldon maintained that the ordi-
*ance, however, is fair and necessary
ause police have had some seri-
ous problems in relating with crowd
"In theory the ordinance is a good
idea. However, the police are often
harsh and unfair on teenagers and
students," said Chip Beebe,
engineering senior.
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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 7,1989-Page 3
Transitiona house
opens for women
ent that homeless women need more
Washtenaw County's first transi- than a thirty-day shelter program to
tional housing program for women work on making changes in their
opened in Ann Arbor this summer. lives," she added.
WIT House, standing for "women in WIT House provides each resident
transition," provides housing for with her own room. Currently,
seven homeless women at a time for three children live in the facility
up to eighteen months. with their mothers. Program
Residents include women who Coordinator Carole McCabe de-
have previously lived in shelters or scribed WIT House's atmosphere as
on the streets, and those dealing with one of cooperation and empower-
such issues as domestic violence, ment where women make the deci-
mental illness, recovery from chemi- sions that affect their lives.
cal dependency, and release from Residents agree to pool their
prison. foodstamps, share household respon-
WIT House's goal is to break the sibilities, and participate in group
cycle of homelessness by providing planning through the Residents
residents with time and on-going Council, which decides on such is-
support to help them make the tran- sues as money management, visi-
sition to independent living. tor's policy, and curfews.
The WIT program is the product Funding for the WIT program
of over a year's planning by the comes primarily from residents' rent
Shelter Association of Ann Arbor money and matching funds from
and the Coalition for Displaced HUD.
Women, who include representatives The house itself, located at 411
from twenty-two agencies in the N. Ashley, was donated by.the City
area. of Ann Arbor.
"The Coalition for Displaced "There has been tremendous sup-
Women first got together to address port for this project from all areas of
the overwhelming and specialized the community because everyone is
housing needs for women in this aware of how great the need is for
community," said Liz Cramer, a this kind of program," said McCabe.
member representing the Domestic WIT House will conducta volun-
Violence Project. "It became appar- teer training session next week.

This local home will provide shelter for homeless women.

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