Victims of domestic violence may find a refuge in Prince George's County if the Brentwood mayor and Town Council approve plans introduced last week to turn an abandoned school into a family shelter.
The shelter would offer a dormitory, counseling, legal aid and job referrals for parents and children suffering as a result of family crises, according to Lt. Col. James Hubbard, assistant county sheriff and president of the Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County, a private organization. Hubbard also heads the Prince George's Commission for Women.
The group has been searching for six months for a place to set up the shelter, Hubbard said, and found the most promising site at the former Brentwood Elementary School on Taylor Street.
If the council approves the plan, as is expected, and organizers attract enough funding from citizens and private organizations, the shelter could open July 1, according to Town Clerk Mary Reed.
The first county shelter, The House of Assisi, closed two years ago when it went bankrupt.
In other action, the council decided to buy five "vandal-proof" lights from a town firm, Northeast Electric, for $285, Reed said. Some local teen-agers have been knocking on windows, shouting and loitering outside the town office building at 4300 39th Place, Reed said. Officials said better lighting may attract older citizens who previously felt too intimidated to attend night meetings there.