Christian Homeless Shelter Evicts All Women Just Before Christmas, Bans Most Children

Patricia Ramirez

It doesn't seem very Christ-like, but a Christian homeless shelter in Williamsburg, Kentucky has just taken the rash and uncharitable step of kicking out all female residents. Emergency Christian Ministries, the only homeless shelter in the city, has decided to evict the women currently living at the facility and ban further women from seeking shelter under its roof. The reason for the pre-Christmas removal of the shelter's ladies? Sex, reports WYMT. The director of the Christian homeless shelter, Billy Woodward said that people are having sex at the shelter, and that behavior can't be tolerated.

"It seems like these last days it's getting worse... the ungodly type."

The director of the Christian homeless shelter went on to add that the facility wouldn't ban all children from the only homeless shelter in the city. Woodward did concede that he would accept a homeless father and his male child, if need be.

When Woodward was asked how he'd come to his decision to remove current female residents from his Christian homeless shelter and ban additional women from seeking shelter just weeks before Christmas, he responded that his decision to evict females was "based on the Bible." He went on to explain that the "sex problem" at the Christian homeless shelter was sinful.

He added that he wasn't blaming women for the sex problem, but that it takes two. He clarified that the Christian homeless shelter is not "biased or prejudice whatsoever." Because men make up the majority of the homeless shelter's residents, the decision was made to evict them. Woodward told the media that last year, 38 percent of the facility's residents were women.

Not surprisingly, not everyone is impressed with the decision of the only homeless shelter in town to kick out and ban all women and most children, let alone during the holiday season.

"I guess I'm a little old school, but the first people off the boat were the women and children."
"I don't know if what's happening, uh, if it's a whole because they know it's a men and women's shelter, they say, 'well, we're homeless — maybe we can find somebody, a mate or something. If they done it right, they'd be fine but they go overboard with it."

Social media users largely responded to the ban on homeless women with questions, incredulity and disgust.

There has been no word from the shelter's director regarding why he simply didn't evict individuals who were caught having sex on a case-by-case basis, regardless of their gender.

It remains to be seen where the homeless women of Williamsburg will find shelter locally now that this Christian homeless shelter, the only one in town, has signed their eviction notices.

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