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Hope House Residents Deal With Roof Collapse
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- For decades the old Rose Furniture building withstood wind and rain. But Sunday the weather was too much and the roof collapsed. The adjacent building, Hope House Rescue Mission, shook violently. And rocks and other debris and gutters were coming down. "Those that were there said it felt very scary, felt more like an earthquake. Debris still litters the inside of the building, the old store has been condemned since May. Tuesday a city inspector told Hope House staff members they'll probably need to find a new temporary space, moving all 33 homeless men out of their building. Well there's definitely some uncertainty here and definitely some feelings that well you know what is the future and where am I going to be and that kind of thing." By the looks of things, it's hard to believe that anything is salvageable here, but the likely plan at this point is to keep the facade and demolish the rest of the building. When and if that happens, we'll be temporarily displaced for a few weeks, so we will need to move elsewhere, but whether we're moving temporarily or in the future, if we need to move permanently, we're committed to staying in Middletown. Sandra Snyder says one in four adults in the city lives in poverty. Hope House has been at the same location for 24 years and workers are confident that with help they'll be able to find temporary housing for the homeless. We have many community partners and churches and groups that will look out for us and take care of us for a few weeks absolutely. There will be no problem there.