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Program offers housing to homeless patients in recovery HOUSING from page 1 -ciety,” he said. “We simply try to get them to where they can participate in society rather than have to be depen dent.” Patients will live in the apartments for up to a year, Hansen said, and will have to fulfill a treatment contract to keep the apartments. The contract may entail group therapy sessions or one on-one treatment with clinic personnel, he said. All patients will remain in close i contact with treatment program offi cials, he said. Valdeen Nelson, the project’s ex ecutive director, said projects will be leasing the apartments directly from landlords and will sublet the apart ments to treatment program graduates. “We will be absorbing all liability for upkeep,” Nelson said. “Landlords do not need to fear a loss of value.” The program will hire full-time maintenance personnel for the apart ments, she said. Hansen said landlords will know they are leasing apartments to the Lin coln/Lancaster Drug Projects but the occupants’ histories of homelessness, mental illness or drug addiction will remain unknown to the landlord and neighbors. “We try to protect them because there is so much stigma attached to mental illness and drug addiction,” Hansen said. Federal law also dictates that a patient’s history of illness must remain confidential, he said. Ed Beranek, president of the Everett Neighborhood Association, said the movement of treatment pro gram patients into his traditionally low income, student neighborhood does not concern him. “We already have a lot of people with drug and alcohol problems,” Beranek said. “The patients will have little impact.” He said many disturbance calls are placed in the neighborhood because of -1 the actions of “obnoxious people,” and that neighborhood residents would not notice people from the treatment pro gram. The apartments are funded through a three-year, $586,253 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur ban Development’s Supportive Hous ing Program. Hansen said he expected to place about 30 patients a year in the apart ments. About 100 patients are released from the treatment program each year. SAVE UP TO -mm— ::.i I ' All Rill Merino Select friit Tops All Rill Winter Wool Dresses Already On Sale Rittemed Sweaters 20% Off Extra 20% Off 20% Off Originally from $98 to $178 Already reduced: $14-90 to $39.90 Originally from $168 to $198 All Fall Jewelry All Regular Price Long & Short Already On Sale Italian leather Belts Print/Tweed Skirts Extra 20% Off 20% Off 20% Off Already reduced: $14.90 to $34.90 Originally from $42 to $88 Originally up to $125 H H II H H H ■■ H H H H 'I I -I H ■■ ■ H ■ ■ ■ ■ ■mhH i ■ I ft L J ■■ ■■ This Homecoming Weekend only, find hundreds of special new savings on select groups of favorite ladies’ fall and winter categories, including these groups! 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That accusation is false, Wubbels said. me omy mention aoout conse quences was put hypothetically, saying if this institution had a written policy on this and he violated it, he would be subjected to a charge of insubordina tion,” Wubbels said. “It sounds like it was a real threat, but it isn’t because we have no real policy on this.” Nudity is not consistent with the mission of the university, Wubbels said, which is to provide education to the people of Nebraska. “We are located in a certain place, and we are here to serve the popula tion of the state,” he said. “When you look at the totality of (the nudity), the choice doesn’t fit. “Does that mean we can actually forbid him from doing this? No.” Though Garrison did not contest the action, the ACLU intervened when Ryan Brehmer, a UNK student and cast member in the play, complained about the chancellor’s order. LeMieux said the ACLU would try to convince the university to let the director have free reign with the play. If the university did not consent, the ACLU might consider a court injunc tion. n_'__* J xl_A /"vr TT1 ' . I* uoiiiauii aaiu uit, s uuci ici ence is unwelcome and is dismayed by the attention the nudity has been given because it has distracted from the play’s artistic quality. “I’m upset about a lot of things,” Garrison said. “I’d be hurt and disap pointed if someone prevented the show from opening because of litigation.” LeMieux said he was unaware Gar rison didn’t wai^ ACLU intervention. “(Garrison) is in a tough position because he doesn’t want to rock the boat and lose his job,” LeMieux said. But LeMieux said editing the nude scenes was censorship and needed to be defended. “It sounds like everyone’s backing away from this because they’re scared,” he said. In the meantime, Johnston stands by her decision to edit the scenes though she has not seen the perfor mance. She told UNK students Wednesday she banned the nudity because she felt a “moral obligation.” “The attention is coming into our office by the bucket loads from people who are supporting what we are do ing.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.