KSDK -- Residents of the Madison County Shelter Care Home, their families and guardians, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Madison County Board. The suit alleges the Board wants to close the home by mid-October, forcing residents to move.
Operating since 1971, the Shelter Care Home serves individuals with disabilities or mental illnesses and the elderly. Residents require assistance with daily living tasks but do not require the level of care found in a nursing home. The Home has its roots in the County Poor Farm.
The lawsuit accuses the Madison County Board and its chairman, Alan Dunstan, of violating agreements and public votes to build a new Shelter Care Home. The suit states the board has broken promises to Home residents.
Following the sale of the County Nursing Home, the Board promised to use the funds to build a new Shelter Care Home. Madison County has already hired an architect and voted to hire a contractor for the job. The suit states that close to half a million dollars will be wasted if a new Home is not constructed.
The County has provided a list of alternative housing placements for Home residents, but no definite plans have been formulated.