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Emma's House aims to help homeless women recently in jail

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, right, talks with those interested in supporting construction of the Emma Threat house in Gary. (Jim Karczewski / Post-Tribune) Post Tribune Elected officials and a dozen others toured Emma's House, a planned homeless shelter for single women, located at 616 Maryland in Gary on Monday. They pledged their support to help keep the renovation project on track with the hope of opening in 2017. State Reps. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) — along with Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Kellie J. Bittorf, executive director of Lake County Community Corrections — stood inside the bare bones of the building and listened to Pastor Michael Pirtle of the

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