Sex Offender House to Move

A controversial halfway house for registered sex offenders won't be in one south bend neighborhood anymore.

City leaders say the relocation will take place "as soon as possible."

The Singletons of south bend are happy they won't be the ones moving out of their neighborhood.

“We would have moved. I don't want my children to grow up like that you know. I know it’s hard to find a place without a sex offenders close by but just to have so many in one location is just not a good idea,” says neighbor Israel Singleton.

On Friday afternoon leaders from the City of South Bend and the Community Corrections Board agreed.

That's why the ten registered sex offenders living at the house on Lincolnway East will be moving out soon.

“The offer was made BY the corrections board to move the facility with the city with their help,” says Judge Michael Gotsch who is a member of the Community Corrections Board.

“We've all agreed that the house ought to move given the circumstances given the location there are better places for it,” says South Bend city attorney Chuck Leone.

Some like the Singletons who found out about the home on the internet questioned why it was "in their backyard" in their first place?

“The staff person selected the location on the basis that it was on the bus line, it was on a busy street, and in a predominantly commercial area, and close to services that were going to be utilized by these offenders… that is Work One, “ explains Judge Gotsch.

Now the ultimate question is where they'll go without offending their new neighbors and still get the supervision they require?

“I don't want to see them homeless. We are not inhumane people but we do begin to feel imprisoned in your home when you learn of something like this,” says Singleton.

“The question is where can we go to provide a high degree of services, a high degree of supervision, and not put any neighborhoods at risk… that's really what we are about,” says Judge Gotsch.

No decisions have been made on when the relocation will happen.

City leaders say the new house could in a commercial or industrial area.

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